Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hall of Fame: Justin Hamilton

The number on Justin Hamilton's jersey was about the only thing that stayed constant during his career with the Hokies.

Hamilton came to Virginia Tech as a running back in 2001 and redshirted. As a redshirt freshman in 2002, he was flanker who saw most of his playing time on special teams. Hamilton blocked two kicks in 2002.

In 2003, he was moved to split end and started six games. Despite suffering a sprained ankle mid-way through the season he was second on the team in receptions. After the early departure of Kevin Jones to the NFL following the 2003 season, Hamilton was moved back to running back before his junior year.

Most of his playing time in 2004 came either early in the year when Mike Imoh was suspended or in garbage time. However, he still managed to rush for rush for over 300 yards and three touchdowns.

He had ankle surgery after his junior season and missed spring practice. He was moved to free safety to occupy a position previously filled by Vince Fuller. It was his first season on defense and was expected to play a position that made the defensive calls.

However, Hamilton was excellent his senior year at free safety in 2005 and helped the Hokies win the Coastal Division. He had 25 tackles and three interceptions as a senior. The 2005 team may have had the best defense Tech has had.

Hamilton currently plays for the Washington Redskins.

Take 22 guys with the unselfishness and work ethic of Justin Hamilton and you'll never lose a game. For being an exemplary Hokie, Justin Hamilton is in the Gobbler Country Hall of Fame.

1 comment:

Mary Lou said...

Justin spoke to you in while at the bowl game in San Francisco, my son ran track against you in high school. We have watched you play at tech and will continue to watch you in the pros. You are very talented and will do well. You parents should be very proud of you.