As a former standout sprinter and conference champion with the University of Regina Cougars, it only makes sense that Tevaughn Campbell‘s speed translates over to the football field.
Campbell, currently a defensive back for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League, ran a blazing 4.35 in the 40-yard-dash at the CFL combine last May, the fastest electronic time ever recorded at the event.
He started two games as part of the Calgary secondary (defense) and appeared in three others during the 2015 season (June to November).
Now, Campbell, a native of Scarborough, Ont., is returning to the University of Regina to compete on the track and field team while football is in the off-season.
“I just want to keep my speed,” the 22-year-old told the Regina Leader Post. “And I get to go back to school, so it’s kind of a win-win.”
As a University of Regina Cougar, Campbell won a pair of silver medals at the Canadian university indoor championships (the highest level in Canadian post-secondary athletics) and is a three-time conference (Canada West) gold medallist. He began university in 2011 and is enrolled in the Faculty of Business Administration.
He was a 60m specialist in his first stint with the Cougars before pursuing his dream of playing professional football.
As a football player for the Rams (football has a different name than other U of R teams), Campbell was a conference all-star before being drafted in the third round of the 2015 CFL Draft. He juggled the two sports before beginning to play in the CFL.
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According to Sportsnet, Campbell had significant interest from nine National Football League teams after his eye-popping 40-yard dash. He was invited to the rookie mini-camps of the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants.
Campbell isn’t sure how many meets he will be competing in during the indoor season but his speed and strength training with the Cougars will surely do him well next season as one of the fastest CFL players on the football field.