BUIES CREEK —Campbell University senior Mitchell Brown finished his college football career last November 11, and graduation took place on May 12. However, he left a lasting legacy during his four years as the starting placekicker for the Fighting Camels’ football team.
In early March, Brown, a 5’7”, 165-pound kicker who played for Mount Airy High School between 2010 and 2013, was named as one of 49 members nationally on the 20th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team.
Brown was a three-time Academic All-PFL performer, taking first team honors in 2017. Named honorable mention All-PFL in 2017, Brown converted 7-of-8 field goals and all 41 extra points this season, going a perfect 7-for-7 mark from inside 40 yards. He made a season-long 33-yard boot in a 38-0 win over Morehead State on Sept. 30.
Some of Brown’s most impressive kicks actually came in his first three seasons. As a senior, he was only one asked to attempt a kick from beyond 33 yards. However, in 2016, the Camels were in a number of close games, including one on Sept. 27 of that year at home against Butler. His kicking was the difference in Campbell’s 33-27 victory. Brown made a 30-yard field goal early in the second quarter, and then was called on to kick from 49 yards on the last play of the first half. He made the kick, setting a school record and tying for the longest field goal in the Pioneer Football League that season.
Butler, down 20-10 at the time, later rallied to tie the score and force overtime, but Campbell won in the extra session.
Brown also made a 44-yard kick that season in a win over Chowan, and was 30-for-32 on extra points. He was chosen second-team Academic All-PFL.
As a sophomore, Brown made a 46-yard field goal in a win over Drake and a game-tying 37-yarder in the fourth quarter the next week against Marist, but Campbell allowed the Red Foxes to score late and lost the game 13-10. In the next-to-last game at San Diego, Brown made two field goals, but the Camels lost 31-27. He was named first-team Academic All-PFL.
He made his college debut on August 28, 2014, making a 25-yard field goal in a 33-9 loss to Charlotte. He set the school record for field goals in a single season, making nine in 2014.
He ended his career as Campbell’s all-time leading scorer, with 206 points, and holds the school records for extra points made (122), field goals made (28) and field-goal percentage. He is also a four-time PFL Academic Honor Roll member.
Players from all Football Championship Subdivision institutions are eligible for the FCS ADA All-Star Team. Each of the nominees were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or key player with legitimate athletic credentials. Any player chosen must also have participated in 50 percent of the games played at his designated position.
Brown is the sixth Camel all-time to earn a FCS ADA Academic All-Star selection.
At Mount Airy High School, Brown won All-Conference honors his last two seasons and was All-State as a kicker in 2012. He made 100 career extra points and 17 field goals. He was also an All-State selection in soccer in 2013, and played in the East/West All-Star soccer game, where he scored a goal.
While Mitchell Brown’s record-setting career at Campbell may be over, the “Brown era” of Fighting Camel football isn’t. Back in March, Mitchell’s brother Robert signed with Campbell after an outstanding multi-sport career of his own, in which he also earned All-State honors in both football and soccer. When the Camels begin their 2018 season on Aug. 30 at home against Chowan, Robert Brown will be in uniform for Campbell.
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