Hamilton ate, lifted and conditioned himself 25 pounds heavier since the Detroit Quick Lane Bowl. He plans to keep the weight on, or bulk up even more, in his final Rutgers training camp.
“I lifted more than I have in a while and I ate,” said Hamilton, who is up to 276 pounds. “Training camp is going to be really imperative that I do everything I can to get my weight up. This is hard work, man. I’m really excited to see what comes from it.”
Hamilton called his first Big Ten season a wakeup call. The former five-star recruit was a weapon on the defensive line with 11.5 TFLs and six sacks, but the physical cost became draining.
Hamilton played through pain during the season and missed most of spring with a lower body injury.
“I think it was, now more than ever, coming to the realization,” Hamilton said on his weight gain. “This game takes a toll on your body. At 251, that was fun, but 251 in the Big Ten – I was hurting. I played a lot of games with no backup. Sometimes playing 90 plays a game and going into overtime, that really took a toll on my body. It was time to just really buy in.”
Hamilton did not finish the spring, or play in the spring game, after a lower body injury. Rehabilitation continues, and Hamilton said he expects to be back for the start of training camp.
“I feel good,” he said. “I’m getting healthier little by little. I’m just in the mindset that it’s time to get ready for camp and play football. I feel like I’ll be ready. … You’re chomping at the bit. Especially when I’m at Big Ten Media Day talking football and I can’t actually go put anything on for another two weeks. I’m hungry.”