Odom named 3rd team All-American

Dec. 20, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Senior fullback Kurt Odom has been named to The Sports Network’s 2013 FCS All-America Team, becoming Campbell’s first football All-America selection.

“It’s a tremendous honor for Kurt to be recognized for what he did,” said Campbell head coach Mike Minter.

“He didn’t go through spring ball or fall camp because of injuries, and he came in week one and helped carry our offense the entire season. Kurt is a major reason why we broke all of those offensive records this year," Minter said. "Not only that, he’s a leader on and off the field. Kurt gets it, not only on the football field, but academically and in the community. That’s what you want. He’s the model football player that I want to coach.”

Odom was named third team at fullback as one of three PFL student-athletes on the list, joining a pair from Marist with defensive end Terrence Fede (first team) and offensive lineman Phede Celestin (third team).

Odom, a 2013 semifinalist for the National Football Foundation's National Scholar-Athlete Awards, posted the second most all-purpose yards in school history with 907 in 2013, ranking second on the team in rushing (537) and third in receiving yards (370). Odom rushed for a season-best 91 yards and two touchdowns at Valparaiso, and caught four passes for a school record 117 yards and two touchdowns against Jacksonville.

The senior, who also played two seasons on the CU baseball team during his time in Buies Creek, was named CoSIDA Academic All-District for the third time in 2013, and made the FCS ADA Academic All-Star team and College Sports Journal's FCS All-Academic squad in 2012.

The Robbinsville, N.C. native is also a three-time First Team Academic All-PFL and three-time PFL Academic Honor Roll member.

Among Campbell career leaders, Odom ranks first in touchdowns scored all-time, third all-time in rushing, fifth in receiving yards, seventh in total offense, second in all-purpose yards, second in points scored and second in blocked kicks.

The Camels went 3-9 overall in 2013, finishing the year with a 47-14 win at Davidson. Campbell set 21 team offensive records in Minter's first season, including rushing yards (2,800), passing yards (2,436), and total offense (5,236), four defensive, including sacks (27), and three on special teams.