As the 2011 NFL season is thrown further and further into doubt by the ongoing disagreement between owners and players, more and more fans might turn to the college football season as an unwavering source of entertainment.

Local fans, especially, can look forward to several former Howard County standouts who are excelling at the next level.

One example is Wake Forest rising redshirt sophomore Michael Campanaro, a former two-time player of the year while at River Hill (2008).

Campanaro recently received high praise in a preview for the coming season in an article on CollegeFootballNews.com.

The article, written by Richard Cirminiello, refers to Campanaro, a 5-10 190 pound receiver, as the offense’s “Unsung star on the rise” and describes him as “Tough and extremely fast.”

In Campanaro’s debut campaign last year, he caught 10 passes for 107 yards, carried the ball 29 times for 123 yards and a touchdown and led the Demon Deacons in kick returns.

Know of any other local athletes poised to break out for a major Division I school this year? Drop us a line at howardcountysports@patuxent.com.