Panthers’ Phil Campbell III has decided to return for the 2021 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Pittsburgh Panthers redshirt senior Phil Campbell III has announced that he will return to the team next season. The linebacker had the option to return thanks to the NCAA giving these 2020-21 academic year athletes another year of eligibility.

His decision to put off the NFL is good news for Panthers fans. His decision to put off the NFL gives Pat Narduzzi’s coaching staff more depth and a very talented defensive player for the 2021 season.

Pittsburgh Panthers linebacker Phil Campbell III is seen during a game
Phil Campbell III is seen during a game (Photo by Pittsburgh Panthers Football/Instagram)

“On that note, I’ve decided to utilize the extra year of eligibility and return to my Pitt Panther team for the 2021 season,” Campbell III said in an Instagram post. “The decision was not made lightly, but I do think it’s the right decision for me at this time. I’d like to thank my former teammates for the experiences shared and wish them well. I also would like to thank my current teammates for patience with me while I pondered this decision. And to my family, thank you for all your support.”

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This past season, Campbell III appeared in 10 games for the Panthers. He had 45 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for a loss.

In addition, Campbell III also had 4.5 sacks and one fumble recovery.

In his four years with the Panthers, he has appeared in 36 games. He has had 140 combined tackles, including 16.5 tackles for a loss. All 16.5 tackles for a loss came in the past two seasons.

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He has recorded 10.0 sacks, including one interception. He also had two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and one pass deflection.

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