Catching up With Justin Hamilton

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Justin Hamilton Profile

Current home: Knoxville, Tenn.

Current job: secondary coach at Grace Christian Academy, a private high

Family: single.

At Virginia Tech: 2001-05 seasons. Hamilton was part of the playing
rotation at three positions – running back, receiver and safety. In 2004, he
rushed 75 times for 336 yards and three touchdowns. In 2003, he caught 23 passes
for 282 yards and a touchdown. In 2005, he made 35 tackles and intercepted three

Nicknames: J-Ham.

Best Virginia Tech moment: “Winning the ACC championship in 2004.
Coming into the league new and winning it, getting to go to a BCS game, getting
the ring – hopefully 10-15 years down the road we’ll all be able to get
together at a game and share those memories.”

Least favorite Virginia Tech moment: “Those 5 a.m. workouts we had to
do for two weeks right before spring ball started. I’m not good at anything at
5:30 in the morning.”

Favorite Blacksburg restaurant/hangout: Mike’s Grill. “That was my
spot. I love the burgers.”

Last time back on campus: The Maryland game during the 2008 season. “I
was there with Vince Hall and Carlton Powell and D.J. Parker.”

Teammates you stay in touch with most: “Probably Vince Hall. Brandon
Manning, Will Hunt, even though he was only a teammate for a few years. Just the
other day I talked to Mike Imoh a little bit.”

Virginia Tech’s Jack of all Trades

Justin Hamilton is at that interesting stage of life most people go through
at one point. Some may call it the transition stage. Actually, “in limbo”
may be a better phrase.

Hamilton is thinking about the future and prepared to move in several
different directions if need be.

He’s also keeping an ear out for the telephone, hoping it rings with some
good news about an NFL team wanting to take a look at him.

Odds it will happen? They’re slim. But they’re not none. Hamilton has had
just enough of a taste of the NFL to know in his heart he can play at that
level. He’s also smart enough to know he’s one of many in the same