Hamlin, a starter for Clemson in 2005 and 2006 seasons, is a second-team preseason All-American by Street & Smith and is also a preseason All-ACC pick according to many publications. The native of Timmonsville, SC, has started 17 games over the last two years and has played in 22 of the last 25.
Hamlin missed three games in 2006 as the result of a broken foot
suffered on an attempted interception against Boston College. Ironically, Hamlin was awarded an interception before a bogus call by instant replay officials gave the ball back to Boston College.
was also a big reason Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson had just four
receptions for 46 yards over the last two years against the Tigers.
Hamlin finished the 2006 season with 64 tackles in his 10 games,
including 47 first hits. He had two interceptions, including a
74-yard touchdown return in the season opener against Florida
Atlantic. For his career he has 119 tackles and four interceptions.
He ranks ninth in school history in interception return yards with
Clemson has had four players rank in the top 12 of the Thorpe Award
selection process. Antwan Edwards, a first-round draft pick in 1998,
reached the final 10 in 1998, Robert Carswell, Clemson's career
tackle leader among defensive backs, reached the top 12 in 2000,
Justin Miller, an All-Pro kick returner with the New York Jets in
2006, reached the final 12 in 2004, and Tye Hill was in the final
three for the Thorpe Award in 2005. He is now with the St. Louis
The Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation's best college
defensive back, is one of college football's most sought after and
prestigious awards. It is named after history greatest all-around
athlete, Jim Thorpe, a man who excelled as a running back, passer and
kicker on offense, but also was an awesome defensive back. Recognized
in the Pro Football Hall of Fame simply as "The Legend", Thorpe also
played professional baseball and won Olympic Gold Medals in the
decathlon and pentathlon.
The watch list is narrowed to 10 semi-finalists the first Monday in
November and then to three finalists the Monday before Thanksgiving.
The winner is announced on ESPN's College Football Awards Show,
national telecast on December 6 from Orlando, FL. The official
presentation of the award will be in Oklahoma City on February 12.
Hamlin Named to Thorpe Award Preseason List
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