Nov 18, 2019

Campos Leads 11 Bruins In NWC Honors, Named NWC Defensive Player Of The Year

A Winning Tradition

  • One post-season appearance (1960 Crusader Bowl)
  • One AFCA Division III Coaches' All-American (Nolan Schuler, 2017)
  • One CoSIDA Academic All-American (Caleb Dalzell, 2017)
  • Two CoSIDA Academic All-District (Caleb Dalzell, 2017; Grant Schroeder, 2017)
  • Three All-Americans
  • Four All-Region Honorees
  • 37 All-NWC Athletes 
  • Five Team of the Week
  • Nine NWC Student-Athlete of the Week Awards 
  • One Cliff Harris Award Finalist (Charles Riga, 2017)
  • Two NSCA All-American (Justin Kruse, 2015; Dane Jensen, 2017)
  • Two NFL Draft Picks (Bob Hadlock and Randy Casey, 14th and 15th rounds respectively)

HILLSBORO --- The Northwest Conference office announced the 2019 All-Northwest Conference football teams on Monday, Nov. 18. Daniel Campos led the selections from George Fox as the NWC Defensive Player of the Year.

To see the complete list of honorees, click here.

The Bruins had 11 players named All-NWC to either the First-, Second-, or Honorable Mention teams for the 2019 season. Five offensive players and six defensive players were selected from the Bruins' roster. The 11 All-NWC players match the Bruins' total from the 2016 season. This also marks the fourth consecutive season where 10 or more Bruin football players were named All-NWC.

Brett Schuler (OL), Anthony Garcia (KR), Caleb Dalzell (DL), Daniel Campos (LB), Austin Shadbolt (LB), and Caleb Harrel (CB) were each named First Team All-NWC for their play in 2019. Schuler, Dalzell, and Campos were all unanimous first team selections by the NWC coaching staffs that voted on the awards.

Jason Santoni (K/P), Anthony Pasion (DL), and Brandon Piete (S) were each tagged as Second Team All-NWC players for the Bruins. Leon Johnson III (WR) and Kawika Cameron (OL) were selected as All-NWC Honorable Mention players for the Bruins. Evan Nelson was named the Bruins' NWC All-Sportsmanship award winner for 2019.

Campos, a senior linebacker from Whittier, Calif., led the conference in both total tackles and tackles per game throughout the year, finishing with 110 total tackles and 11.0 tackles per game. His total tackles and tackles per game are 14th out of all NCAA DIII players at the end of the regular season. Campos is the second Bruin to be named Defensive Player of the Year and has been an All-NWC player in each of his three seasons at Fox. His 270 career tackles are second all-time for the Bruins' defensive players, and his 23 career pass breakups are the best all-time at Fox.

"I am extremely happy for Daniel to receive Defensive Player of the Year recognition from our conference!," Defensive Coordinator John Bates said of the honor. "We appreciate the fact that Daniel is one of the most humble and genuinely nicest guys who is a top performer and high achiever on the field that I have ever been around in my 19 years of coaching football. He went out and earned this award through his daily preparation, his passion for the game, and his performance on the field. I am happy to see that the coaches in our conference have noticed this as well."

"It's always a team thing first in that the D-line has to do its job and build that fence so that Daniel can run and get those tackles," Coach Chris Casey. "He runs really well, covers very well, and plays the run well. Has great instincts. We had many good players on defense, but [Campos] embodies for us how physical and blue-collar we want to be on defense. He's a great teammate and very coachable and has been very successful."

Dalzell, a senior defensive end from Gresham, Ore., is the all-time sacks leader for Fox with 24 in five seasons. Dalzell is a three-time All-NWC player for the Bruins after two First-Team honors and one Second Team selection in 2016. Dalzell ended his senior season with 49 tackles – fourth on the team – including 11.5 for loss, and five sacks, as well as five pass breakups and two blocks on punts and field goals.

Shadbolt, a senior linebacker from Sherwood, Ore., was second on the team in tackles with 58 during the season. Shadbolt was a Second-Team selection in 2018 and a two-time All-NWC player for the Bruins in his career.

Harrel, a senior corner from Greenleaf, Idaho, was an Honorable Mention defensive back in 2017 & 2018 and a First Team selection this season. The senior corner finished second on the team with three interceptions and fourth in pass breakups with six. Harrel ends his career as the all-time leader at Fox in interceptions with 11 and is second in career pass breakups with 22.

Garcia, a senior running back from Whittier, Calif., was a second-team selection in 2018 as a running back. He earns his fourth All-NWC honor this season as a First Team kick returner notching after three touchdown returns on punts and kickoff returns. Garcia is one of only a handful of Bruins to be a four-time All-NWC player, and the only player in Bruin history to win two All-NWC awards in a single season after being selected twice in 2017 for his work as a running back and returns specialist.

Schuler, a junior offensive lineman from Bakersfield, Calif., earns his second straight All-NWC honor after making the jump from Honorable Mention in 2018. The junior was an anchor on the line in his second year as a starter and one of three unanimous first-team selections for Fox in 2019.

Santoni, a senior kicker and punter from Central Point, Ore., earns his first All-NWC honor after locking up the kickoff and punting duties during the season. Santoni had a season-long of 62 yards on his punts and put 16 of his 55 attempts inside the 20 yard line. He was never blocked on punts during the year and was a consistent weapon for the Bruins' special teams pinning opponents deep in their own territory.

Pasion, a sophomore defensive lineman from Beaverton, Ore., earns his first All-NWC honor this season. Pasion recorded 22 tackles in his first season as a consistent starter and added a sack and three tackles for loss.

Piete, a sophomore safety from Stayton, led the team with four interceptions to earn his first All-NWC honor. The sophomore racked up 72 yards of return yards on his picks during the year and was third in tackles with 53 on the season.

Cameron, a senior offensive lineman from Honolulu, Hawai'i, earned his first All-NWC honor his season as one of two players to start every game on the offensive line. Along with Schuler, Cameron helped provide stability and leadership for a young OL group in the 2019 season.

Johnson III, a freshman wideout from Bothell, Wash., had flashes of excellence all season long as both a deep threat and one of the Bruins' most consistent possession receivers. The freshman earns his first All-NWC honor after leading the Bruins in receptions (25) and scoring (six TDs), and finished second in receiving yards (450) after earning the starting role in fall camp.

Nelson, a senior wideout from Hillsboro, Ore., made one touchdown catch against Puget Sound and averaged 16.6 yards/recepetion during his last year as a Bruin. He had his best game of the year with six catches for 86 yards on Hall of Fame weekend against Pacific Lutheran.