Cobi Hamilton only had a few passes thrown his way during Saturday morning's University of Arkansas football scrimmage, but that was all the sophomore-to-be needed for star status.
Hamilton had 4 catches for 150 yards and 3 touchdowns – with the non-touchdown catch being a one-handed one in tight coverage that may have been the best of the bunch.
"I really just wanted to adjust to the ball," Hamilton said. " That's what (former Arkansas wide receivers coach) Paul Petrino always said is what he loves about me – that I adjust to the ball in the air.
"I guess it hit my left arm and I brought it down with my right arm and it ended up being one handed about halfway there," Hamilton added. "It was a good catch I guess."
Hamilton, who had 19 catches for 347 yards and 3 TDs as a true freshman, had scoring catches of 32, 59 and 44 yards on Saturday.
He was completely wide open because of a blown coverage on his second touchdown, but he was blanketed on the other two.
"I had a couple of plays that were really contested," Hamilton said. "I just had to make a play on them."
Hamilton might have got away with a slight push reminiscent of former Dallas Cowboys wideout Michael Irvin on one of those TDs.
"I hate people when they are all up on me when I am running," Hamilton said. "So I try to push off or club – do something to get them up off me. It's kind of a habit. I guess I've got to break it."
New Arkansas wideouts coach Kris Cinkovich loves what he is seeing out of Hamilton.
"He worked hard all week and got some chances to make some plays, not necessarily a whole bunch of them," Cinkovich said. "But because he has been working hard, eventually it is going to come to you. In my opinion the football Gods will come to you. He got the chance to make plays today and he did. That is what great players do."
"Our goal is that Cobi Hamilton is going to be a great player," Cinkovich added. "Now he has just got to take this and get better on Tuesday."
The Texas High standout had a very good indoor track season for Arkansas and admits that he would love to have been at the Texas Relays today with the UA track team.
"I would love to be at Texas Relays right now, but this is fine," Hamilton said. "Coming out here with over 100 yards receiving, that's the same thing with me."
He does think that track is helping him to become a better wideout.
"I think track helped me with my stride and opened it up, making me a better route runner," Hamilton said. "The things I need to work on is stay stronger and keep working on the ball while it is in the air."
Arkansas has 15 receivers to spread the work around during spring practice with a lot of those guys making plays during the scrimmage.
"We have been banged up and sore all week and we tried to just come out here and do the best we could," Hamilton said. "We know it is going to be rough and we just tried to go hard.
"It feels good because Joe and (Greg) Childs are not 100 percent," Hamilton added. "It feels good to not miss a beat. Me and De'Anthony (Curtis) and J(arius (Wright) and a lot more guys are stepping up."
Hamilton is happy with how the first four practices of spring have gone and admits he has a lofty goal for this team.
"I think we came out strong," Hamilton said. "Everybody came out with a lot of enthusiasm. We are ready to practice because we know we are going to be great. We know what we have got to pay to be great. I think everybody knows this is the year."
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