Will Hambone be ready?

Vanderbilt offensive line signee Hamilton ("Hambone") Holliday will begin working out with the football team in Nashville in July, and will officially join the team when fall camp begins in August. With the center position unsettled, the 6-4, 290-pound true freshman looks to be a candidate to compete for the starting spot. But will he be ready?

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VandyMania caught up with Holliday last Sunday at Vanderbilt, where he was observing his brother Henry take part in the school's All-Positions Camp.

VandyMania: What brings you to campus today?

Hamilton Holliday: I'm here this week, and I've got orientation on Friday. I'm here for this week to work out. I'm here just for the week right now, but I'll probably be here on a more regular basis this summer. So I'm here this week, home the next week, then I should be back on a more permanent basis.

VM: Will you be taking a class this summer?

Hamilton: No, not taking any classes. I'm just up here to get a little more of a feel for the place and start working out with the team, and start getting myself in shape.

VM: Have you been lifting this summer? Any numbers you want to give us?

Hamilton: Yes. I've been working out at my school. I'm still around 400 with my bench. I've been running a bunch, probably concentrating more on running than lifting right now. Right now I'm just trying to get into good running shape. That's probably my biggest thing right now, because I've been putting on weight, and it's been slowing me down. So I've probably been working on that more than the lifting part.

VM: What's your weight at right now?

Hamilton: About 290 to 295 right now. It depends on how much water I drink! But on average, probably around 292.

VM: As I'm sure you're aware, there's kind of a hole at the center position right now. Are you going in with the thought that that might be your position, at least for this first year?

Hamilton: I'm just going in, and they can put me wherever they need me to play, and do whatever's best for the team. I've never played center before, but I'll give it my best shot and see what happens.

VM: Do you think you could?

Hamilton: Yes sir. I'm pretty good at doing reads, I guess. I can snap a ball all right, I guess. I just need a little work on it, but I'll give it my best shot.

VM: Your brother is here participating in camp. Can you give us a scouting report on him?

Hamilton: He's going to be a junior right now, not a senior. His name's Henry. He's playing tight end right now, and this will be his first year really playing. He was actually a quarterback, and he started putting on a lot of weight, so they put him at tight end. It's kind of a new position for him, but he's learning it and getting a little bigger. It's still a little too early for him to get much recruiting interest. He just finished his sophomore year.

Incoming freshman Hamilton Holliday, right, with junior starting quarterback Jay Cutler. Could this be Vanderbilt's center / quarterback combination this fall?
(Brent Wiseman / VandyMania)




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