University of Arkansas freshman wideout Cobi Hamilton has always been about speed – be it on the football field or the track.
But at the college level, it's suddenly about slowing down – so to speak – for Hamilton (6-3, 209, 4.4), a former Texas High standout.
"The biggest adjustment from high school has just been the speed of the game and getting more reps," Hamilton said. "Everything is so fast out there. It is a lot more calls and a lot more things to do. It's been fun and it is getting slower every day."
Hamilton has put himself into the wide receiver rotation with his performance in preseason camp and appears poised to play a significant amount this fall.
He had 6 catches for 78 yards and a pair of touchdowns in last Saturday's scrimmage.
"My goal was just go to come in here and do everything I could to get on the field and help our team," Hamilton said. "I feel like I can be better, but I also feel like I have worked hard to do that and they have showed confidence in me."
Confidence is certainly not something Hamilton ever lacked for while in high school, but he does admit the college game is a whole different animal when it comes to competition and work.
"Some days you lose your confidence and sometimes you have bad days," Hamilton said. "But you just have to come out and pick it up the next day and say I am going to make the grabs today. You just have got to have confidence every day you come out. That is the only way you are going to do good."
He's also seen how much work it can be if a few of the wideouts are not in camp.
"At first we had a good rotation, but then I thought we were getting tired and some people started getting hurt," Hamilton said. "But we have just got to work through it. As receivers we run every day. Coach says that is how we make our money.
Hamilton caught 64 passes for 1,064 yards and 14 touchdowns last season for Texas High while also finishing fourth in the AAU National Junior Olympics in the 200 (21.41).
He ended up choosing Arkansas over Texas in the end - in part to be reunited with former Texas High and current Razorback quarterback Ryan Mallett.
"He is doing great," Hamilton said. "Back in high school he knew the game and right now he knows it even better – the signals, the calls. He just brings so much to the table with his ability and his arm. Hopefully he will be the number one quarterback in the country this year."
Hamilton said he knows very clearly what Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino wants from him and what will make him happy.
"If the receivers catch the ball, we are going to have a good day," Hamilton said. "That's how Coach Petrino is. He believes in our receivers."
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