Q&A with junior DT Darius Hamilton

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Defensive tackle Darius Hamilton continues to emerge as a force on the line and a leader in the Rutgers locker room. Hamilton sat down with ScarletReport.com Thursday to break down the start to spring practice moving into the first scrimmage of camp.

ScarletReport.com -- Coach [Kyle] Flood named you specifically as someone that practiced very well this week. Do you see it that way?

Junior defensive tackle Darius Hamilton -- Yeah. Every day I try to get better, man. Whatever it is I can do to help me or help the younger guys that need help, man, I feel like I will do it. I feel like I've really got a hold on this playbook, man, and now it's time to go out there and have some fun.

SR.com -- Do you see any differences in the playbook with Joe Rossi running things?

DH -- No. Coach Rossi, he's really detailed and that makes it great for the younger guys who don't fully understand yet. He takes them and he plans every single detail. That's the most important thing. You need to know every detail. You need to know the ins and outs of the defense. I think he does a great job of stressing that.

SR.com -- On paper, the defensive line has maybe the best depth on the roster right now. How much are you seeing that depth develop these first two weeks?

DH -- I think they're doing a great job. Guys like Sebastian Joseph, Kemoko Turay, Eric Wiafe, Darnell Davis, I think they're doing a great job. They're learning and progressing every day, man, and I think that's great to see.

SR.com -- What do you tell those guys about what it takes to play?

DH -- Just give it your all. Leave it all out there. Something my dad (Keith Hamilton) used to tell me, "if you leave it all out there, man, you'll have no regrets." If you really love this game, man, and you leave it all out there, you're going to be happy with the results.

SR.com -- You're getting a lot of attention as a leader of this roster. Was that a goal for you?

DH -- I see myself as a leader, man. Any way I can help somebody, I help them. If it's leading by example, I'm happy to do that. I'm happy those guys look up to me because these guys are my family, man.

SR.com -- How much does this team need better leadership?

DH -- I think we do need leadership, man, but at the same time you don't have to look far for it. I can tell you right now a guy like JPO (Julian Pinnix-Odrick) this is his first year playing and he's already a tremendous leader. His work ethic is ridiculous – same with guys like Leonte Carroo. You've got younger guys following behind him like Andre Patton and Janarion Grant. You don't have to look far to find a leader at every position, man, and I think that's great.

SR.com -- How much have you developed since you came to Rutgers as a 240-pound defensive end?

DH -- I think I've done a good job developing. My freshman year, I was a deer in the headlights just getting my feet wet. Last year, I think I caught fire at the end. I plan to keep running with it. I feel like I'm very comfortable with my position. I've got a really good handle on the playbook, man, and I'm just excited for what's next.

SR.com -- We've been talking up guys like Kemoko Turay and Sebastian Joseph since high school. What do you see there?

DH -- I don't think his athleticism is something I can really explain. Kemoko is so athletic that he doesn't even understand it. He has no clue how athletic he is. He did a drill in 1-on-1 today and he went to hit somebody with a spin move and rolled off of the back of his hands. It was ridiculous. It looked like he was break-dancing on the field. He just does it so effortlessly. He's going to be a freak. Sebastian is already a freak. He's the most athletic 290-pound kid I know. He's a freak, man, and he's progressing every day.

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