Ohio State State’s Parris Campbell announced he will return to the Buckeyes for another season.
The redshirt junior was named to the all-Big Ten third team offense after a season during which he was a top target for quarterback J.T. Barrett and an offense that averaged 42.5 points per game in the regular season to lead the Big Ten.
Campbell revealed his decision Thursday afternoon on Twitter.
“After a lot of thinking and praying… Buckeye Nation…,” Campbell wrote, including a short video that ended with the text “1 more.”
Ohio State’s Parris Campbell to return for senior season
After a lot of thinking and praying… Buckeye Nation… pic.twitter.com/fKqik8MPOH
— Parris Campbell (@PCampbell21) January 11, 2018
Campbell, who battled nagging injuries late in the regular season, hauled in 40 catches for 584 yards and three touchdowns in 2017. In the Buckeyes’ 27-21 Big Ten title game win over Wisconsin on Dec. 2, Campbell took a screen pass from Barrett 57 yards for a touchdown to give Ohio State a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
Campbell also received work out of the backfield, recording 10 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown.
His most impressive showing came in the Buckeyes’ 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31, when he recorded six catches for 136 yards and a touchdown catch.
It was a breakout season for Campbell, who redshirted as a freshman in 2014 and slowly worked his way to the top of the Buckeyes’ depth chart. He played sparingly the following season before developing into one of the top returners in the Big Ten as a redshirt sophomore, leading the conference with a 27.8 yards-per-return average. He recorded the third-most return yards (584) in program history and was named a third-team All-Big Ten specialist.
Campbell left Ohio State’s 56-14 win over Nebraska on Oct. 14 in the first quarter after suffering a big hit. He then suffered an undisclosed injury two weeks later against Penn State and didn’t travel with the team for their game at Iowa on Nov. 4.
It was later revealed that Campbell was kept out of the Iowa game because of a head injury.
The physical ailments didn’t seem to hold him back from there, though, as he played and made an impact in the team’s final four regular season games.