For the first time in program history, Campbell’s football team competed as an Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) scholarship program in 2018.
It came just 10 years after Campbell revived the program in 2008, after a 50-year hiatus. The “modern” era of Camels football began with the team practicing in what was essentially a cow pasture. In fact, one of those early practices was interrupted by a cow grazing in the middle of the field.
But there were no cows in the Camels’ way in 2018. Campbell kicked off the season for the first time as a member of the Big South Conference and started off hot with five wins in the first six games, including its first win over a nonconference FCS opponent (13-8 at Georgetown) and its first win against an FCS scholarship program (30-7 over North Alabama). Campbell picked up its first conference in style at Presbyterian, beating the Blue Hose 34-6.
The Camels finished the season with a winning record of 6-5 and set multiple attendance records. Barker-Lane Stadium was named the No. 3 FCS facility in the nation by Stadium Journey. Seven Camels received Big South All-Conference honors, including rookie wide receiver Willie Snead, who was named an FCS Freshman All-American.