Chris Hampton Is Ready To Lead

Junior safety Chris Hampton has played an important role in the Gamecock secondary off the bench in his first two years here, but now as an upperclassman, he is ready to become a leader in the young Gamecock defensive backfield. Hampton recently took the time to share his thoughts on the 2006 season, as well as what Gamecock fans can expect from the defense this year.

Question: What are your expectations for yourself heading into this season?

Answer: My expectations personally are just to do the best that I possibly can and do better than I did last year, stay healthy, and be a leader here.

Question: What can Gamecock fans expect from the secondary this season after the losses of Ko Simpson, Jon Joseph, and Tremaine Tyler from last year?

Answer: As a secondary, I think that we're still going to be real good. Coach Cooper is working with us hard, he's training us, and bringing the young guys along. I think we'll do fine as a group. We lost a few good players, but as a group, I think we can make up for the loss.

Question: After losing your top seven tacklers from last year, what are your thoughts on the defense, as a whole, heading into the 2006 season?

Answer: We still have a lot of players that played a lot last year. We lost a lot of the starters, but a lot of people were playing a lot last year. I think we'll still be fine. We have a lot of guys with talent; just young and inexperienced, but we'll still be fine.

Question: What are you looking forward to the most about the season opening contest against Mississippi State?

Answer: Just playing the SEC. Getting back out there and playing football. It's going to be on TV. It's the first game of the year and it's going to be exciting.

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