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"Up Close" with Jeff Van Camp


With Rusty Smith’s departure to the NFL, redshirt senior Jeff Van Camp is set to take over for the Owls. A career backup, Van Camp got a chance to start five games last season when Smith went down with a mid-season injury. Compiling a 3-2 record in those contests, Van Camp looked impressive throwing for 1,372 yards and 12 touchdowns while managing only two interceptions.

The athletic quarterback out of Navarre High School in Gulf Breeze, Florida, played both football and basketball in high school. His father, Jeff Van Camp Sr, played defensive line in college for the Louisville Cardinals and also enjoyed some time in professional wrestling.

Van Camp likes things on the chilly side while traveling on the road and requires that the air conditioner temperature be set at 59 degrees the night before a game.

“He’s like a penguin", said Van Camps hotel roommate and wide receiver Avery Holley.

Quick Hits

What is your favorite food?

“Sweet potatoes.”

What is your pet peeve?

“Everything being a mess. I like everything to be clean.”

Who is your current off the field role model?

“Dan Marino. I watched him a lot when I was growing up.”

What are you most proud of?

“That I’m about to graduate in December, I got two classes left.”

What is your major?

“Political Science.”

What is your Faith?


Line of scrimmage

What aspect of your game do you feel is your strength?

“I’m pretty knowledgeable of the offense. I know all the plays and all the Xs and Os.”

What aspect of your game do you feel is your weakness?

“Not throwing a spiral every time, it makes it harder for the receiver to catch. Sometimes it doesn’t come out so pretty.”

Down the field

Besides football, what brought you to FAU?

“The beaches. I like the beach.”

What are your goals for the upcoming season?

“Go to the New Orleans bowl, win the conference, and win a bowl when we go. I don’t really have personal goals, just team goals.”

What game are you looking forward to the most next season?

“First game, UAB. That’s a revenge game, and the first game of the season.”

What do you want FAU fans to know about you personally?

“I play all sports, not just football. I like to watch soccer, tennis, football and all types of sports. It doesn’t matter.”


Coming up, our next player says, “A lot of people think I’m mean because I look like a mean guy, but really I’m a nice person.”


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