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November 15, 2012Tweet Follow @kunkel5
Cameron Chadwick has been on a wild ride throughout his college football career.
He started off at the College of Canyons Junior College in Santa Clarita California, where he started two years at safety. His next stop brought him to Moon Township, where he got to fulfill his dream of playing Division 1 football. He has become one of the leaders on an RMU defense that is starting to find its groove, and has been a prominent part of RMU's strong play of late.
Chadwick is the calming influence at that backend of the RMU defense, and never seems to be rattled. He is a player that many on the team look up to, and as a senior, he embraces that role. Chadwick knew it was the senior's job to take charge, and get things moving in the right direction after the slow start.
"We certainly took it upon ourselves to turn this around. We owed it to this school, the program, our coaches and teammates. We just had to sustain effort. Once we started doing that, things really started to turn around," he said.
The RMU defense was somewhat inconsistent earlier this year. One week, they looked like one of the best units in the league (shutting down St. Francis) and the next they had a lot of breakdowns (Bryant) and gave up a ton of yards and points. Two guys that have taken it upon themselves to straighten things out are the two vets at the back of the secondary. Chadwick, along with D.J. Myers, have been indispensable to the RMU defense. Both have been tackling machines and leaders in the secondary. This was never more evident than in the past two weeks as both have stepped up made numerous plays to keep RMU in games, including a huge goal line stand to preserve a win against cross town rival Duquesne.
The defense this past weekend was excellent once again, helping RMU pull off a very nice comeback win in Connecticut against Sacred Heart.
"We have really have come together these last few games. Being a part of a win like that was just awesome. Its games like that, that you never forget," he said.
Chadwick's strong performance did not go unnoticed, as he was named NEC defensive player of the week this past week. He finished with nine tackles and two interceptions. Chadwick certainly can see this secondary coming into form.
"We got some young guys, and they had to go through a big transition period. You can see they are learning," he said. "As they get down the reads, checks, and play calls, things get a lot easier. They just had to catch up to the speed, and get up to speed with the rest of the defense. Those young guys have a lot of talent. You just have to get comfortable so you can just go out and play. Me and D.J. just try to help anyway we can.
This weekend will be Chadwick's last career college game, as RMU will host Monmouth on senior day. When asked about how he is dealing with the emotion that goes into that final game, and final week of practice he said, "I'm taking it day by day for sure, it's certainly a weird feeling, but it's a good feeling, we're all really excited for this week. We're all practicing real hard, we feel good about this week, but we know we have a good opponent coming up."
RMU is looking to end the season on a three game win streak and could finish as high as third in the NEC standings. Chadwick is quickly approaching graduation, and when asked about plans after school, he smiled and calmly said, "It's all in the Lords hands. I really don't know. There are a couple things going on, but it's not up to me."
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