Sunday, September 21, 2008


*Or you're on drugs.

Could anybody in college football possibly have done more to help his team win on Saturday than Ryan Hamilton?

I'll answer that: No.

Here's what the 6-2, 210-pound (his neck weighs 50 pounds, look at the photo) junior from Pennsylvania did for the Commodores in their 23-17 win over Ole Miss:

• Had three interceptions and 103 return yards. He returned the first pick in the first quarter — with the Rebels leading 10-0 after two Vandy fumbles and deep in Commodore territory — 79 yards for a touchdown. He returned the second interception, also in the first half, for 23 yards. His third interception, deep in Rebel territory, sealed the game for the Commodores.

• Had 6 tackles, including a huge fourth-down tackle to finish off a goal line stand for the Commodores early in the third quarter.

• Four plays later, with the Commodores losing the battle of field position and punting deep out of their own end zone, Hamilton raced down to cover the punt and recovered a fumble.

After the game, Hamilton said in the press conference what you'd expect him to: "I am pretty happy. It's a team sport; you saw the plays everybody else was making. Nothing would have happened without everybody doing their part."

OK, it's a team sport, and I'm glad Ryan Hamilton's on our team.

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