2018 NFL PLAYOFFS
TENNESSEE AT KANSAS CITY
ATLANTA AT LOS ANGELES RAMS
BUFFALO AT JACKSONVILLE
When: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Kickoff: 3:40 p.m.
Hutchinson CC Sports Information
Keep a close eye in the NFC Playoffs this weekend as three former Hutchinson Community College football players will see action.
Getting the most headlines with a spectacular rookie season is running back Alvin Kamara. He and the New Orleans Saints take on NFC South rival Carolina at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday in the Superdome.
Before that, the other two former Dragons in the playoffs will go head to head as linebacker De'Vondre Campbell and the Atlanta Falcons meet tight end Gerald Everett and the Los Angeles Rams at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.
Kamara and Everett are in the first seasons in the NFL. Campbell is in his second season in the Falcons' organization.
Here is a brief recap of all three former Blue Dragons in the 2018 NFL Playoffs:
One of the favorites to win the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year award, Alvin Kamara has already been selected to the NFL Pro Bowl after a scintillating first season.
Selected in the third round with the 67th overall pick by the Saints, Kamara made an immediate impact for the NFC South champion Saints (11-5).
Kamara ranks seventh in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage (1,336 yards), as he has carried 99 times for 652 yards (6.6 yards per carry) with seven touchdowns and one two-point conversion. Kamara has 68 receptions for 684 yards (10.1 yards per catch) with five touchdowns for a club-best 12 total scores, which is tied for second in the NFL. Kamara is ranked first in the league in yards per carry.
Kamara had one 100-yard rushing game this season, going for 106 yards and a touchdown in a 47-10 win over Buffalo in Week 10. He had six catches for 101 yards in a Week 12 loss to the Rams.
In 2014, Kamara became the 17th Hutchinson running back to reach 1,000 yards in a season. Kamara finished 10th on the Blue Dragon single-season rushing list with 1,211 yards on 172 carries. He's averaged 7.0 yards per carry, which ranks second in team history. With 21 total touchdowns, Kamara tied for second place on Hutch's single-season list. His 126 points are also tied for second place with Mack Herron.
Kamara was named the 2014 Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Year and NJCAA First-Team All-American.
Coming to Hutch from Alabama, Kamara returned to the SEC with the Tennessee Volunteers where he played for two seasons in an impressive running-back rotation.
Already with a Super Bowl appearance under his belt, Campbell has been very steady for the Falcons, who finished 10-6 and had to win their last game of the season to earn a wild card spot.
For the season, Campbell had 92 total tackles, including 61 solo stops. He had two sacks, four passes defended and one forced fumble. Campbell had a career-high 13 tackles in a 27-7 victory over Dallas in Week 10. He had four tackles in Atlanta's 22-10 playoff-clinching win over Carolina.
In his one season at Hutchinson in 2012, Campbell was a second-round all-Jayhawk Conference linebacker. The outside linebacker from Fort Myers, Florida, was second on the 2012 Blue Dragon team – 9-3 and Salt City Bowl champions – in tackles with 83 total stops, including 21 unassisted tackles. He also had three quarterback sacks, one interception and two passes broken up. That interception was returned for a touchdown against Fort Scott.
After Hutchinson, Campbell went to the University of Minnesota. He played in 39 games over three years with the Golden Gophers.
Campbell was drafted in the fourth round by the Falcons with the 105th overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Gerald Everett has participated in 13 games this season for the resurgent Rams (11-5), who won their first NFC West Division championship since 2003 and make their first playoff appearance since 2004.
Everett had 16 receptions for 244 yards and two touchdowns this season. His longest reception was 69 yards in a Week 2 loss to Washington. He had three receptions against the Redskins and tied that high mark in the season finale against San Francisco. Everett had a season-high 85 receiving yards against Washington.
The highest of three drafted Blue Dragons in the 2017 NFL Draft, Everett was selected in the second round by the Rams with the 44th overall pick. That made him the second-highest drafted Blue Dragon in history.
Everett never appeared in a game with the Blue Dragons in 2012 or 2013.
The 6-foot-3, 239-pound tight end played only one year of high school football. Then after his time in Hutchinson, he moved onto Alabama-Birmingham where he caught 17 passes for 292 yards and a touchdown in 2014.
UAB dropped football, which forced Everett to transfer to South Alabama. He earned first-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors in 2015 and 2016 with a combined 90 receptions for 1,292 yards and 12 touchdowns.