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FF’s Campion helps Gophers to 2-0 start

Published 9:31am Wednesday, September 12, 2012

After a grueling session of two-a-day practices and stiff competition, former Otter football player Josh Campion won the starting right tackle spot on the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

After graduating in 2009, Campion’s path took several turns, but after three years of waiting, Campion got the start on their offensive line.

“It feels great. I definitely know that the support from my family and coaches helped me get where I am today,” Campion said.

After a 2-0 start, beginning with a thrilling 30-27 triple overtime win over UNLV, the Gophers look to be making progress in head coach Jerry Kill’s second full year.

Kill and Gophers will host the Western Michigan Broncos (1-1) Saturday at 11 a.m. at TCF Bank Stadium. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

“It was my first time playing and it was really fun,” Campion added.

Campion will look protect quarterback Marquis Gray from the Bronco’s aggressive 3-4 defense.

As a part of the offensive line, Campion was able to help the Gophers to a 44-7 win over New Hampshire Wildcats last weekend.

In the game, Gray was able to run all over 109 yards on the ground and 100 yards in the air for four touchdowns in the victory.

The game isn’t without challenges for the former all-state player as the quickness of the game and the way it is played has been an adjustment.

“The biggest difference is technique, hands down. It doesn’t matter how big you may be the technique is what needs to be spot on.”

When not practicing for next week’s game or going to class, Campion enjoys hitting the open road with his motorcycle.

With the recent wins, the campus has been very supportive of its team and are excited about this season Campion said.

As Saturday approaches, Campion encourages fans from Fergus Falls to make their way to TCF Bank stadium for the game.

“I really appreciate my hometown support and that I hope people can make it down for a game.”

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