Huge Award for Jamie Graham

Vanderbilt commitment Jamie Graham, from Whites Creek, (Tenn.), was recently recognized as the winner of the 62nd annual William Hume Award. The prestigious award, named for the former City Board of Education chairman in the 1940s, is presented to a Nashville public school player on the basis of sportsmanship, scholarship and football ability.

The two-star defensive back talked about his commitment to Vanderbilt, his award and his senior season.

"Man, I just love the fact that I get to stay home and play in front of my home crowd," the always polite and well-spoken Jamie Graham said.

"I got the Hume Award. It is like the biggest award you can win for academics and being a great athlete. I won that award and it is a big thing for me."

"To have my name on that award after so many other people have won it means a lot to me."

Whites Creek Comp High School went 5-5 for the 2006 season, and Graham talked of his senior year.

"It went okay," he said. "We lost some important games that we should have won. We had to work a lot young people in this season though. Being able to do that and have a good season is kind of hard. I think we did well given the circumstances."

"I had 17 total touchdowns, four of those were kick-off returns. Then I had 682 rushing yards and 300 receiving. I played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, corner, kick returnter and punter."

When asked if he will give punting a shot at Vanderbilt, Graham started laughing and said, "Hmm, am I going to punt? They have somebody for that one."

"Vanderbilt actually plans on using me the same way as they did at Whites Creek. They are going to let me play running back a little bit and get me out on the edge so I can out-run a lot of people. They will put me at wide receiver, corner and kick-off returns and maybe punt returns. Basically the same thing as I have been doing."

Graham did not show any shyness when asked of his playing style.

"I would say I am like Reggie Bush on the offensive level and Pacman (Adam Jones, Tennessee Titans)," he confidently said. "I think I am a little better on offense. I get a chance to show my speed and show what I can do with the ball. I run a 4.4 (forty yard dash)."

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