Arkansas senior-to-be wideout Cobi Hamilton – whose team will get back to spring practice on Tuesday - knows it's his time to be the man now and he's relishing that role.
Hamilton (6-3, 210) has certainly had some big moments in his career, but has taken a back seat to Jarius Wright, Joe Adams and Greg Childs – who all just finished up their careers and are headed to the NFL.
"I guess every receiver wants the ball, that's just part of the game of football," Hamilton said. "If I come out here and work every day and show the quarterbacks that I am capable of making plays – and that is what I am here for – then I can show that I can be trusted on Saturdays."
Hamilton, who has 85 career catches for 1,519 yards and 13 TDs, will enter the season as NFLDraftScout.com's top-ranked wideout in the website's 2013 rankings.
You would think that and taking over as the main receiver might have him feeling a little pressure.
"There is no pressure, not really," Hamilton said. "It's just come out here and play football. I have been doing these for three years now. I have been around great players and I am not the only great player left. With Tyler and Knile, we have a lot of great playmakers."
Hamilton's shining moment as a Razorback is his 85-yard touchdown catch and run against LSU as a sophomore.
He caught the pass from Ryan Mallett, avoided two Tigers who then took each other out of the play and then raced to the end zone.
"That's a play that I will always remember, mostly because we ended up winning the game and going to a BCS bowl," Hamilton said. "But I want to make a lot more this season and help us win a national title."
Hamilton heads up a wide receiving crew that includes players that have made some plays, but have yet to grab starring roles.
That includes juniors Julian Horton, Jevontee Herndon and Mardrecus Humphrey as well as sophomores Marquel Wade and Keante Minor among others.
"They are hungry now and they are excited to be here," Hamilton said. "I was talking to them in the locker room telling them that this is our chance. It's our time now. We are all excited, we know what we have to come up against. I am happy for them."
Hamilton said he is primed for a great year.
"I have just been in the weight room and preparing," Hamilton said. "I wanted to have a great off-season. Now I just want to have a great spring."
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