Sneak a peek at Durant FB Jamarlon Hamilton, who comes in at No. 77 in the HomeTeam 100 (see Nos. 71-80 here).
2011 stats: 1,117 yards rushing, nine TDs
The breakdown: Jamarlon Hamilton is big enough at 5-foot-10, 195 pounds to run you over to make a hole for himself or the running back.
But he’s also fast enough to get around the corner. Swift enough to find a seam. Agile enough to make you miss.
It’s just that he, well, prefers the former.
“I like making somebody look like a complete fool, put them on the ground. That’s what I love to do,’’ Hamilton said. “I just believe no one can tackle me. I don’t even see the person in front of me. I’m just convinced I can go over them if I want to.’’
It’s his ability to do that, and more, that will make him the primary offensive weapon for the Cougars. Coach Mike Gottman said Hamilton should have a breakout season after spending more time in the weight room this offseason, with extra emphasis on his flexibility.
“He’s the full package,’’ says Gottman, who may replace the 900 or so yards by graduated quarterback Nick Fabrizio with a few extra helpings of Hamilton.
Last year, Hamilton was one of the area’s top backs, turning in a number of big games out of the Cougars’ spread option attack. He went over 150 yards four times, and had 187 in Durant’s first-ever win over district rival Newsome. Injuries, though, slowed him down the stretch, preventing him from a more monstrous season.
Hamilton’s goal his final season: to tack 500 more yards onto last season’s rushing total. If he can do that, he’ll go over 3,000 for his career.
“I’m still trying to prove I’m just as good as anyone else,’’ he said. “As long as I keep doing that, and keep believing in God, that’s going to take me wherever I need to go.’’