I wrote this update on Woodrow Hamilton just prior to camp last year. I remember thinking that he was pretty intense in the interview. He’s a guy that would have played more last season had he been healthy all year, and he’ll be an interesting piece of the puzzle for the down linemen this year with Uriah Grant and Gilbert Pena no longer around.
OXFORD – In the quest for depth, Woodrow Hamilton could be a very important part of the Ole Miss defensive line this fall.
Hamilton, though, believes he can do more than provide depth. He believes he can start.
Defensive line coach Chris Kiffin tells his players there are no starters right now, and that fuels the passion for Hamilton, a redshirt freshman, to get on the field for the first time.
“To be honest, I want it. I want to show them I want it. I want to do so great. Like it’s unexplainable, but I see myself as a one, because I don’t see myself under nobody,” he said.
For much of spring drills, Hamilton was under nobody. Injuries to Bryon Bennett and Uriah Grant allowed Hamilton the opportunity spend most of the time running first team.
Bennett is back, and Grant, is returning from shoulder surgery.
Hamilton goes into August camp – which begins Saturday – listed second to Bennett, a third-year sophomore, at defensive tackle.
Hamilton (6-foot-3, 295) played both tackle and nose in the spring, a plan that will continue. He could be a starter at neither position but a factor at both.
“Bryon was our starter heading into spring, Bryon got hurt, and Woody was rotating back and forth. Depending how it goes in the summer, I’m going to give him the opportunity to play both spots and see how it pans out,” Kiffin said.