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Maryland linebacker Chance Campbell, former Calvert Hall star and Terps’ leading tackler, to transfer

Middle linebacker Chance Campbell announced Monday that he is seeking to transfer from the Maryland football program.

The junior made his decision public on social media, including Twitter.

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“After prayer, deep reflection, and some difficult conversations, I’ve decided that I will be entering the transfer portal,” wrote Campbell, a finance major. “I’m proud to soon become a graduate this May and to forever be a Terp.”

Campbell was an All-Big Ten honorable mention choice this past fall after ranking second in the conference in tackles per game (11.0) and third in solo stops per game (5.7). In four starts, he led Maryland (2-3) in tackles (43) and tackles for loss (5½) and had 1½ sacks.

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Campbell’s most memorable play occurred when he returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown in a 35-19 victory at Penn State on Nov. 7. That marked the first fumble recovery for a touchdown by a defensive player since Dexter McDougle at North Carolina State on Nov. 26, 2011.

During the season, coach Mike Locksley called Campbell “a huge bright spot” on a defense that had been one of the worst in the conference.

“He’s made a ton of plays for us, which in our scheme and the position that he plays, the middle linebacker is kind of the quarterback of our defense,” Locksley said. “He’s one of those guys that brings the juice every day. He’s reckless with his body, plays with great effort, passion, all of the pillars that we have in our program. He represents them the way he plays the game and prepares. So it’s good to see him show and lead by example, especially with a young team, and it’s great to have him on our side and doing great things.”

The Towson resident and Calvert Hall graduate expressed his gratitude for being able to play close to home.

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“Being able to play for my hometown school the last three years has meant more to me than I’m able to put in to words,” he wrote. “I’ve cherished the privilege of donning the Maryland colors alongside some teammates who have truly become brothers. Maryland was the first school to believe in me and for that I’ll always be thankful. This university has given me so much, and I have tried to repay that debt every day through doing things right, working hard, playing harder, and treating people with respect and care. There have been some amazing people in every area of the building, and I can only hope they know the impact they’ve had on me.”

Campbell was one of four starters that were suddenly scratched before a regular-season home finale against Rutgers on Dec. 12 due to “medical reasons,” according to a team spokesman. Five days later, the program canceled a game scheduled against Michigan State for Dec. 19 and the remainder of the season because of a second coronavirus outbreak.

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