COBI HAMILTON

Wide Receiver

University of Arkansas Razorbacks

#11

6:02.1-209

Texarkana, Texas

Texas High School

 

OVERVIEW

The Razorbacks were the preseason favorites to capture the Southeastern Conference title and possibly vie for the national championship, but the sudden dismissal of former head coach Bobby Petrino and the quick hiring of John L. Smith to serve in the interim led to confusion for the squad, as they adjusted to new terminology and staff changes when they returned to school last August.

 

Once the season began, hopes for the national title were quickly dashed, as Arkansas got off to a 1-4 start. Injuries to key personnel, most notably quarterback Tyler Wilson and tight end Chris Gragg further complicated the season for the Razorbacks, as they limped to a 4-8 record, losing each of their final three games. Throughout all the confusion, the turmoil, losses and injuries, one thing was constant – the stellar play by Cobi Hamilton.

 

Arkansas was already facing a 2012 campaign that was missing three All-Southeastern Conference receivers who were selected by National Football League teams during the draft. The young unit leaned heavily on Hamilton for guidance and to set an example. He did not disappoint, as he would go on to establish new school season-records behind his 90 receptions for 1,335 yards.

 

Hamilton simply shattered those records, as no other Razorback had ever caught more than 66 balls in a season. He would also become only the third Arkansas player to gain 1,000 receiving yards in a campaign. Additionally, he became the sixth Hog to record at least four 100-yard receiving performances during a schedule, giving him eight for his career, which placed him fourth on the school all-time record chart.

 

Hamilton would go on to rewrite the school career-record with 175 receptions. He placed third on that record chart with 2,854 receiving yards, tying Darius Johnson of Southern Methodist for 13th among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision performers. His eighteen touchdown grabs were also good four fourth-best in a career by a Razorback. His average of 16.31 yards per reception placed 11th nationally among active FBS players.

 

With his breakout campaign, Hamilton proved to professional scouts that his best days are yet to come. He has the size and physical nature to not only get a clean release vs. the physical press coverage, but also the leg drive and stiff-arm to break tackles and pick up big chunks of “real estate” after the catch. Thanks to the departure of three deep threats from the Arkansas program (Joe Adams, Greg Childs, Jarius Wright), Hamilton also showed that he might be a long strider, but he had the second gear needed to get into the open and be a valid deep threat.

 

The sure-handed receiver, the only Razorback to ever record four ten-reception games in a UA career, also excelled running complicated routes as a senior. In the past, he was usually utilized to vertical routes or deep crossing patterns. In 2012, he demonstrated his ability to consistently gain separation as a route-runner, evident by the fact that four of his five touchdown catches in 2012 were for 30 yards or longer, including a sensational 80-yard catch-&-run vs. Rutgers, as the receiver found the end zone three times vs. the Scarlet Knights.

 

 

Hamilton played for head coach Bobby Norton at Texas High, where he set the Tigers’ season receiving yardage record as a senior, with 64 receptions for 1,071 yards and fourteen touchdowns. He was ranked 63rd among the nation’s receivers, according to Rivals.com and 108th by Scout.com. He was All-District and All-Area choice in 2008, in addition to receiving All-Northeast Texas Offensive Player of the Year honors.

 

As a junior, Hamilton had 29 receptions for 726 yards and seven touchdowns. He was a prep teammate of former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett that season. He also lettered in track, finishing fourth in the 200 meters at the AAU National Junior Olympics (21.41).

 

It seemed only natural that Hamilton would enroll at the University of Arkansas. He was also recruited by Auburn, Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Christian, but had “family ties” to the Razorbacks program – his mother, Deborah, and his father, Gene, were both Arkansas graduates.

 

Deborah played basketball for the Arkansas women’s team in the late 1970s. She is recognized, along with Joy Dillard, as the first African-American women’s basketball varsity athlete at UA. As the Women’s Athletics Department expanded during the 1970s, it took a dramatic step forward in 1976 and 1977 with the addition of women’s basketball and track and field.

 

These sports brought the first African American female student-athletes to the university. It is notable that women of color were a part of the inaugural women’s basketball team in 1976-77. Joy Dillard was a two-year letter winner as a participant in the first two Lady Razorback basketball teams. Deborah Cooper [Hamilton] also lettered on the inaugural basketball team.

 

Dillard played three seasons from 1977-79. She tallied 381 career rebounds in 53 games ranking 31st all-time at Arkansas. Dillard led Arkansas to a 31-28 record including an 18-4 home record. Cooper played in the 1976-77 season, helping Arkansas to a 10-6 record. Cooper married Gene Hamilton shortly after graduation. “My mom had a big influence on me coming here,” said Hamilton. “We used to always stop in Fayetteville on family trips. Looking back, it’s crazy how things work out.”

 

Hamilton went on to play in all thirteen games as a true freshman, starting at the “Z” position vs. Florida in 2009. He finished fifth on the team with nineteen catches for 347 yards and three touchdowns, as his average of 18.26 yards per reception was third-best on a deep that featured a slew of deep threats. He also contributed on the UA special team coverage squads, recording four solo tackles.

 

The 2010 campaign highlighted Hamilton’s versatility. He earned five starting assignments while playing in thirteen games, lining up in the slot, at split end and flanker, often playing all three roles in the same game. He still “gave way” to the veterans on the receiving unit, but managed to place fifth with 32 catches for 630 yards. His average of 19.69 yards ranked third on the squad and again chipping in on special teams, he returned a total of eight short kickoffs for a 17.75-yard average.

 

As a junior, the Biletnikoff Award candidate started all but the Auburn contest, mostly lining up at flanker and the slot position. He captured 34 balls for 542 yards (15.94 ypc), scoring four times – three which led to Arkansas victories. He also recorded three solo tackles as a member of the coverage unit.

 

Though the 2012 season was a huge disappointment for Razorbacks fans, Hamilton was one of the few bright spots. The Biletnikoff Award semi-finalist garnered All-American second-team and All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors. He led the conference with averages of 111.25 receiving yards (fifth in the nation) and 7.50 receptions per game (ranked 14th nationally). He would close out his career by catching at least one pass in each of his final 34 contests. After the season, he accepted an invitation to compete at the prestigious 2013 Senior Bowl.

 

CAREER NOTES

Hamilton started 30 of the 51 games he played in for the Razorbacks, setting the school career-record with 175 receptions, topping the previous mark of 168 grabs by Jarius Wright (2008-11)…That total is good for 21st on the Southeastern Conference’s all-time record chart…Gained 2,854 yards receiving, tied with Darius Johnson of Southern Methodist for 13th among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision performers, as that total is surpassed by only Jarius Wright (2,934) and Anthony Lucas (2,879; 1995-99) on the school career-record list…His receiving yards are good for tenth in conference history…

Hamilton scored on eighteen of his receptions, fourth-best in a career at UA behind Marcus Monk (27; 2004-07), Jarius Wright (24) and Anthony Lucas (23)…Recorded eight 100-yard receiving performances, placing behind Anthony Lucas (11), Jarius Wright (9) and Anthony Eubanks (nine; 1994-97) in Arkansas annals…Scored 108 points, posted seven solo tackles, returned nine kickoffs for 192 yards (21.33 avg) and carried once for an 8-yard loss.

 

2012 SEASON

Hamilton earned All-American second-team honors from The NFL Draft Report and Phil Steele…The Biletnikoff Award semi-finalist was a consensus All-Southeastern Conference first-team choice…For the first time as a Razorback, Hamilton not only started every game on the regular season schedule (twelve), but remained at one position, handling split end chores…Despite Arkansas struggling to a 4-8 record, Hamilton had a breakout campaign, setting school season-records with 90 receptions for 1,335 yards (14.83 ypc), as he found the end zone five times…Led the league and ranked fifth in the nation with an average of 111.25 receiving yards per game, as his game average of 7.50 receptions also paced the SEC while ranking 14th in the FBS ranks…His 90 receptions shattered the previous school season-record of 66 by Jarius Wright in 2011, as he became just the fourth player in SEC history to reach that level in a campaign, tying James Whalen of Kentucky (1999) for third on the league annual chart behind Keith Edwards of Vanderbilt (97 in 1983) and Josh Reed of Louisiana State (94 in 2001)…His 1,335 receiving yards topped the old school annual record of 1,117 yards by Jarius Wright in 2011. That duo is joined by Anthony Lucas (1,004 in 1998) as the only Razorbacks to gain 1,000 yards receiving in a season…His 1,335 yards reached to fourth on the conference season-record chart, surpassed by Josh Reed’s 1,740 in 2001, Alshon Jeffery of South Carolina (1,517 in 2010) and Travis McGriff of Florida (1,357 in 1998)…Shattered two other school records (season and career) when he caught at least ten passes in five games. The only other UA receiver to even accomplish that feat twice in a career (and season) was Jarius Wright (13 vs. Texas A&M; 10 vs. Vanderbilt in 2011)…Closed out his career with at least one reception in his final 34 games, the longest by any active player in the SEC and ninth-longest in the NCAA FBS ranks…Came up with a 39-yard scoring grab among his six catches for 99 yards vs. Louisiana-Monroe…Earned SEC, Biletnikoff Award and College Football Performance National Player of the Week honors for his record-breaking performance vs. Rutgers, catching ten balls for 303 yards and touchdowns of 57, 10 and 80 yards. His 303 yards topped the old school game mark of 281 yards by Jarius Wright vs. Texas A&M in 2011, and the SEC record of 293 yards by Josh Reed of Louisiana State vs. Alabama in 2001. His receiving yardage also ranks 14th on the NCAA FBS game-record book…Hamilton’s three scoring grabs tied the UA game-record that was first set by Alton Baldwin vs. Arkansas A&M in 1944, as Baldwin would repeat that feat vs. Texas Christian in 1945, followed by Anthony Lucas vs. Southern Methodist in 1999…After making seven catches for 86 yards vs. Auburn and eight more for 77 yards vs. Kentucky, Hamilton snared a career-high twelve passes for 146 yards vs. Mississippi. Only Jarius Wright (13 vs. Texas A&M in 2011), James Shibest (13 vs. Southern Methodist in 1984) and Wear Schoonover (13 vs. Baylor in 1929) had more receptions in a game for Arkansas…Generated 177 yards on eleven catches the following week vs. Tulsa…Closed out his career with ten more receptions for 98 yards in the Louisiana State clash.

 

2011 SEASON

Named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List prior to the season, Hamilton saw action in all thirteen games, starting all but the Auburn clash while lining up at both flanker and the slot…Finished fourth on the team with 34 receptions for 542 yards (15.94 ypc) and four touchdowns…His receiving yardage average was the fifth-best in the SEC for the 2011 schedule…Totaled a season-high 132 yards on a season-high five catches with one touchdown in the 52-3 win vs. New Mexico after catching three passes for 38 yards in the season-opening 51-7 victory vs. Missouri State…Tied his season high with five receptions for 82 yards in a 38-28 win vs. Troy…At Alabama, he caught one pass for a 19-yard touch-down and snared four passes for 36 yards and one touchdown in the 44-17 victory vs. Mississippi State…At top-ranked Louisiana State, he made two receptions for 75 yards, including a season-long 60 yarder…Capped his junior season with three catches for 26 yards and one touchdown as Arkansas defeated Kansas State 29-16 in the Cotton Bowl.

 

2010 SEASON

Hamilton played in every game, seeing action at flanker, slot and split end while starting five contests…Went on to snare 32 passes for 630 yards (19.69 ypc) that included six touchdowns…Also gained 142 yards on eight kickoff returns (17.75 avg)…Tied for the team lead with his scoring grabs and also tied for fifth in the nation with four receiving touchdowns vs. ranked opponents, and he finished sixth in the NCAA with 466 receiving yards vs. those ranked opponents…His average of 22.2 yards per reception vs. ranked foes was second in the SEC and tenth in the country…Posted a then career-high 164 yards with two touchdowns, including a career-long 85 yarder that tied for the sixth-longest passing touchdown play in school history and tied for the third-longest passing play in the SEC and tenth-longest passing play in the NCAA in 2010, on three receptions in Arkansas’ 31-23 win vs. sixth-ranked Louisiana State. His final catch vs. the Tigers was an 80-yard touchdown on the last play of the second quarter to give the Razorbacks a 21-14 halftime lead…Caught two passes for 40 yards and one touchdown as the Razorbacks earned a

44-3 win vs. Tennessee Tech…Had five receptions for 98 yards and one touchdown, from 71 yards out, vs. Texas A&M…Hamilton broke UA’s single-game kickoff returns record with eight at Auburn, which also is tied for third on the program’s game total returns list. His 142 kickoff return yards vs. the Tigers was the ninth-highest single-game total in school history. He also grabbed two receptions for 18 yards in the game…Earned his first 100-yard receiving game of the season when he hauled in seven passes for 111 yards and one touchdown in UA’s 41-20 win at South Carolina.

 

2009 SEASON

Hamilton played in all thirteen games, as the true freshman earned his first career start vs. Florida, lining up at the “Z” receiver position…Finished fifth on the team with nineteen receptions for 347 yards (18.26 ypc) and three touchdowns, as he also carried once for an 8-yard loss and recorded four solo tackles…Ranked second in the nation with an average of 38.2 yards per reception in the third quarter and was second among SEC freshmen with five receptions of at least 25 yards…Opened his career with four receptions for 56 yards and a one-yard touchdown on a toss from Tyler Wilson vs. Missouri State. He had one catch vs. both Georgia (along with a 50-yard kickoff return) and Alabama…Produced a season-high 131 yards with two touchdowns vs. Mississippi State, as those scores came from distances of 64 and 58 yards.

 

INJURY REPORT

No major injuries reported.

 

 

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.44 in the 40-yard dash…1.53 10-yard dash…2.53 20-yard dash…4.02 20-yard shuttle…

11.02 60-yard shuttle…6.64 three-cone drill…34 ½-inch vertical jump…9’8” broad jump… Bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times…32 ¼-inch arm length…8 5/8-inch hands…76 5/8-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Hamilton played for head coach Bobby Norton at Texas (Texarkana, Tex.) High School, where he set the Tigers’ season receiving yardage record as a senior, with 64 receptions for 1,071 yards and fourteen touchdowns…Ranked 63rd among the nation’s receivers, according to Rivals.com and 108th by Scout.com…All-District and All-Area choice in 2008, in addition to receiving All-Northeast Texas Offensive Player of the Year honors…As a junior, Hamilton had 29 receptions for 726 yards and seven touchdowns…Prep teammate of former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett that season…Also lettered in track, finishing fourth in the 200 meters at the AAU National Junior Olympics (21.41).

 

PERSONAL

Sociology major…Both of his parents, Deborah (formerly Cooper) and Gene Hamilton, are University of Arkansas graduates…The Arkansas Women’s Athletics Department expanded during the 1970s, taking a dramatic step forward in 1976 and 1977 with the addition of women’s basketball and track and field. These sports brought the first African American female student-athletes to the university. It is notable that women of color were a part of the inaugural women’s basketball team in 1976-77. Hamilton’s mom, Deborah (maiden name is Cooper) lettered on the inaugural basketball team. She played in the 1976-77 season, helping Arkansas to a 10-6 record…Cobi was born on 11/13/90 in Texarkana, Texas.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

RECEIVING STATISTICS…R/PG indicates receptions per game…GM/AVG indicates average yards gained per game.
STATS GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/PG GM/AVG
2009 13 01   19     0347 18.26  03    64  1.46    026.69
2010 13 05   32     0630 19.69  06    85  2.46    048.46
2011 13 12   34     0542 15.94  04    60  2.62    041.69
2012 12 12   90     1335 14.83  05    80  7.50    111.25
TOTAL 51 30 175     2854 16.31  18    85  3.43    055.96

 

KICKOFF RETURNS DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG TK SO AS FR FC
2009  01     050 50.00  00    50  04  04  00  00  00
2010  08     142 17.75  00    32  00  00  00  00  00
2011  00     000 00.00  00    00  00  00  00  00  00
2012  00     000 00.00  00    00  03  03  00  00  00
TOTAL  09     192 21.33  00    50  07  07  00  00  00

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS…Carried once for an 8-yard loss in his first carerr start, vs. Florida in 2009.

 

HAMILTON GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Receiving

Pts

Tackles

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Jacksonville St. 09/01/12 Jacksonville St. 49-24

Yes

2

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

La.-Monroe 09/08/12 at La.-Monroe 31-34

Yes

6

99

1

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

Alabama 09/15/12 Alabama 0-52

Yes

2

14

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Rutgers 09/22/12 Rutgers 26-35

Yes

10

303

3

3

18

0

0

0

0

0

Texas A&M 09/29/12 at Texas A&M 10-58

Yes

11

162

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 10/06/12 at Auburn 24-7

Yes

7

86

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kentucky 10/13/12 Kentucky 49-7

Yes

8

77

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ole Miss 10/27/12 Ole Miss 27-30

Yes

12

146

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tulsa 11/03/12 Tulsa 19-15

Yes

11

177

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

South Carolina 11/10/12 at South Carolina 20-38

Yes

4

72

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 11/17/12 at Mississippi St. 14-45

Yes

7

88

1

1

6

0

1

0

0

0

LSU 11/23/12 LSU 13-20

Yes

10

98

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

90

1335

5

5

30

0

3

0

0

0

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Receiving

Pts

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Missouri St. 09/03/11 Missouri St. 51-7

Yes

3

38

0

0

0

New Mexico 09/10/11 New Mexico 52-3

Yes

5

132

1

1

6

Troy 09/17/11 Troy 38-28

Yes

5

82

0

0

0

Alabama 09/24/11 at Alabama 14-38

Yes

1

19

1

1

6

Texas A&M 10/01/11 Texas A&M 42-38

Yes

3

47

0

0

0

Auburn 10/08/11 Auburn 38-14

Yes

1

22

0

0

0

Ole Miss 10/22/11 at Ole Miss 29-24

Yes

1

20

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 10/29/11 at Vanderbilt 31-28

Yes

1

18

0

0

0

South Carolina 11/05/11 South Carolina 44-28

Yes

3

19

0

0

0

Tennessee 11/12/11 Tennessee 49-7

Yes

2

8

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 11/19/11 Mississippi St. 44-17

Yes

4

36

1

1

6

LSU 11/25/11 at LSU 17-41

Yes

2

75

0

0

0

Kansas St. 01/06/12 Kansas St. 29-16

Yes

3

26

1

1

6

Season Totals

34

542

4

4

24

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Receiving

Kickoff
Ret.

Pts

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Tennessee Tech 09/04/10 Tennessee Tech 44-3

Yes

2

40

1

0

0

0

1

6

La.-Monroe 09/11/10 at La.-Monroe 31-7

Yes

3

25

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia 09/18/10 at Georgia 31-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alabama 09/25/10 Alabama 20-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas A&M 10/09/10 Texas A&M 24-17

Yes

5

98

1

0

0

0

1

6

Auburn 10/16/10 at Auburn 43-65

Yes

2

18

0

8

142

0

0

0

Mississippi 10/23/10 Mississippi 38-24

Yes

2

46

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 10/30/10 Vanderbilt 49-14

Yes

1

16

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 11/06/10 at South Carolina 41-20

Yes

7

111

1

0

0

0

1

6

UTEP 11/13/10 UTEP 58-21

Yes

3

37

1

0

0

0

1

6

Mississippi St. 11/20/10 at Mississippi St. 38-31

Yes

3

54

0

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 11/27/10 LSU 31-23

Yes

3

164

2

0

0

0

2

12

Ohio St. 01/04/11 Ohio St. 26-31

Yes

1

21

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

32

630

6

8

142

0

6

36

2009 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Receiving

Kickoff
Ret.

Pts

Tackles

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Missouri St. 09/05/09 Mo. St. 48-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

4

56

1

0

0

0

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia 09/19/09 Georgia 41-52

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

9

0

1

50

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alabama 09/26/09 at Alabama 7-35

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas A&M 10/03/09 Texas A&M 47-19

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 10/10/09 Auburn 44-23

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

3

42

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Florida 10/17/09 at Florida 20-23

Yes

1

0

8

-8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi 10/24/09 at Mississippi 17-30

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Eastern Mich. 10/31/09 Eastern Mich. 63-27

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

4

73

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

South Carolina 11/07/09 South Carolina 33-16

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Troy 11/14/09 Troy 56-20

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

15

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 11/21/09 Mississippi St. 42-21

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

3

131

2

0

0

0

2

12

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 11/28/09 at LSU 30-33

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

East Carolina 01/02/10 at East Carolina 20-17

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

1

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

1

0

8

-8

0

19

347

3

1

50

0

3

18

0

4

0

0

0

 

Data provided by Dave-Te Thomas, Publisher of The NFL Draft Reports for TonySoftli.com; Tony Softli Draft Board