Redshirt junior Christian Campbell was originally expected to become a starting safety for Georgia Tech in 2018 but instead was the Jackets’ backup at the STGR position behind Jalen Johnson.
Redshirt junior Christian Campbell has been the epitome of a team-first player at Georgia Tech. Through his first four seasons on The Flats, Campbell has seen limited playing time in all reality when compared to other players and his stat sheet shows just that. Entering this season, Campbell appeared in 20 games, mostly in special teams roles while also being a reserve safety.
When it was announced that A.J Gray would not be able to play in 2018 due to a heart condition, it was widely thought that Campbell had a strong opportunity to move into the starting free safety role. However, the Yellow Jackets coaching staff decided to put Campbell at the STGR position, making him the backup behind senior Jalen Johnson. With Johnson graduating, it was expected that Campbell would finally get his opportunity to start. However, with the coaching staff change, it’s unknown for right now where Johnson will play in 2019.
That being said, Campbell appeared in 10 games for the Yellow Jackets in the 2018 season, missing games against North Carolina, Miami, and the bowl game against Minnesota.
Campbell in his ten games on the season had 19 total tackles, two sacks, and one pass deflection. His best game of the season came against Louisville when he had four tackles and one sack. He also had three, three tackle games against USF, Pittsburgh, and Georgia.
For Campbell, he was able to make most of the opportunity that was afforded to him in 2018 despite having to learn a new position. He’ll enter his senior season at Tech with 29 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, and 2 sacks to his name. Where he will play in 2019 is still a question but it wouldn’t be shocking for him to make the move back to safety.