Fifth-year senior DT Dominique Hamilton worked hard in the off-season, and coming into the season, he had high expectations for his team, and for himself. He has long had his eye on following his former teammate, Ziggy Hood, into the NFL. Hamilton is having his most productive year, individually, with 33 total tackles, including 3.5 TFLs, and 1.5 sacks, through Missouri's first 7 games. But, with his team sitting at a disappointing 3-4, he's not really getting to enjoy having individual success.
On Monday, ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Hamilton, and he shared some of his thoughts.
"I mean, it feels good to go out there and make plays," said Hamilton. "But at the end of the day, when we don't win, it feels like it was for nothing. You know what I mean? That's just how I feel."
Hamilton credited Oklahoma State with being "a good team".
"You can only stop a good team for so long," explained Hamilton. "If you're on defense, you've got to keep battling. That's what we were doing. We were trying our best out there. Everybody's got to do their job. And, everybody's got to stay in their gap, and everybody's got to do what they're coached to do. If everybody does that, you know, you played perfect football. You know that doesn't happen every single time. Everybody's human."
"(I) never (thought we'd lose four games this year)," said Hamilton, in reply to my question about the 3-4 record. "If you had told me that (we'd lose 4 games) before the season, I'd have laughed."
I asked Hamilton how he's dealing with the disappointment?
"I think everybody can just look at it that we've lost 4 games," explained Hamilton. "You can hang your head down, and just give up.
Or, you can go out there, and just make it so that we only have 4 losses on the year. If you hang your head down, and give up, this could really get ugly. This is when 1-0 definitely has to step up, and come into play. We have to worry about Texas A&M, and Texas A&M only."
Hamilton is a quiet leader. I asked him what he'll do to make sure his teammates remain focused on the job at hand?
"I'll just tell my teammates, it's got to be 1-0," replied Hamilton. "You've got to go out there and you've got to focus on doing what you need to do, and you only. If everybody worries about doing what they need to do, then we'll do good collectively, and we'll come out with a victory. Everybody's got to play as a unit. Everybody on this team has got everybody's back around here. This is a close team. Everybody's got everybody's back. We've just got to go out there and have fun, and get the win."
Hamilton talked about Texas A&M.
"They're good," exclaimed Hamilton, referring to Texas A&M. "And, this is on their home turf. Everybody remembers how loud it gets. Everybody knows how rowdy it gets…………………………………….. It definitely helps that we played there last year. But, me personally, I just flush all of that. I don't notice all of that stuff that's going on. I just worry about my play, and doing the right things that's necessary. I'm just determined to get a win."
I asked Hamilton to evaluate the play of the defensive line so far this season?
"I think everybody's progressing," Hamilton replied. "But, I don't think anybody's lived up to what they expect, even if we did (have a better record). The losses really overshadow it…………………………………… At the end of the day, it's about that win. That's the most important thing. We just need that win."
Hamilton believes that his team is capable of winning.
"We're definitely capable," said Hamilton. "We've just got to go out there and play every down like it's our last."