While South Dakota State senior safety Brock Campbell and Iowa State freshman wide receiver Chris Campbell were on opposing sidelines for the season opener on Aug. 28th, they weren't worrying about who would get the best of the other.
Chris is redshirting in 2008, and that's taken the edge off the family bragging rights game. Instead of seeing who would win a one-on-one battle, the brothers are content to see which sibling will win Thursday night's game (7 p.m., Fox College Sports).
"It's not really me versus him," Brock said. "I won't be able to cover him at all. He wants his team to win. I want my team to win. I imagine it will be tough for our family, but it's not really a family rivalry."
The brothers like it that way.
This way Brock can focus on his last year of college football and Chris, a walk on, can spend his redshirt year preparing for 2009.
Brock, a Cherokee native, is the lone returning starter in the Jackrabbit secondary. He recorded 68 tackles and one interception a year ago. He has spent the preseason getting familiar with his new backfield mates while also doing all he can to prepare them for the Cyclones.
"This is my final season," Brock said. "I want to make the most of it, and that means helping the new guys with whatever they need."
He's also found enough time to help his little brother.
Brock says the two are extremely close. They text each other almost every day. Brock knows how tough it can be for a freshman to come in and adjust to the speed of college football.
He also knows Chris looks up to him, so he believes it's his duty to pass the same information he would pass on to his fellow Jackrabbits.
"I've been through it," Brock said. "I know what obstacles he might face. Going through it at South Dakota State is probably a little different than at Iowa State, but I am still there for him."
Both brothers starred at Washington High School as receivers. Brock earned first-team all-Class 2A honors in 2003 as he caught 95 passes for 1,600 yards. Chris was a three-time all-state performer who couldn't have asked for a better opponent to start the season against.
"It will probably be one of the only times we see each other during the season," Chris said at the Iowa Shrine Bowl game. "It will be good to see him play."
For Brock, Thursday is a game he's waited five years for. As one of 18 Iowans on the Jackrabbit roster, he knows this will be his only chance to play on a big time stage in his home state.
And he wants to make the most of it. Chris is all for that, as long as the Cyclones win the game.
"A lot of the guys in the state grow up wanting to play for Iowa or Iowa State," Brock said. "This is their chance to play in the big stadium. This is their chance to do something memorable here."