There was some arguing going on over at a premium site's message board after one of their moderators called Big Will Campbell a "bust".
I started to think about it a bit, and I don't think there's anyway to call him a bust (yet). He could conceivably have such an amazing senior year that we forget the last 3 years ever existed and he actually gets drafted in the first three rounds of the NFL draft.
This is very unlikely to happen, I believe, but haven't we seen this story before? You might have some names come to mind (David Harris, Gabe Watson, and Alan Branch perhaps). But are those cases as support for "BWC could dominate next year" valid?
- David Harris was a non-contributor before his junior season and didn't break through as a meaningful player until his senior year. Trouble is he had a knee injury that held him back the first two years, so it's not really fair to Harris to include him here.
- Gabe Watson broke through in his third year and was just as solid as a senior. Campbell can't exactly catch him, either.
- Alan Branch blossomed his junior year (did not redshirt) to the level that he was able to go pro after the season ended. He also played alongside Woodley, so there's that to consider.
In my opinion we've only seen this happen once in the last ten years. Where a player was lambasted most of their time at Michigan, but came through with a big enough senior year to leave positive memories in most fans' heads: Stevie Brown. Campbell needs a Stevie Brown-esque Senior Year improvement in order to avoid a "bust" label for his time spent at Michigan. That's what I hope happens, anyway.