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Samford’s Hamilton Stands Out in St. Pete

By BJ Bennett
SouthernPigskin.com
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At 6'1'' and over 200 pounds, Karel Hamilton is working to impress scouts, as he potentially did with athletic displays in Tropicana Field.

After leading the FCS with over ten receptions per game this past season, Samford's Karel Hamilton had an impressive showing in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg as evaluations for the upcoming NFL Draft are well underway. He caught two passes for a game-high 61 yards, with a 37-yard grab on the first snap from scrimmage standing as the longest play of the afternoon. It was a special return to Florida's Gulf Coast for Hamilton, from nearby Valrico. 

The Bulldogs' all-time leader in catches and receiving yards, Hamilton is one of the most accomplished wideouts in Southern Conference history; he ranks third  in career yards (3,803) fourth in career receptions (279) and tied for fourth in career touchdowns (31). This fall, alone, Hamilton had two of 16-catch performances, a pair of 200-yard outings and five multi-score showcases.

At 6'1'' and over 200 pounds, Hamilton is working to impress scouts, as he potentially did with athletic displays in Tropicana Field. He is hoping to become the next Samford player chosen in the NFL Draft as Bulldogs have been featured prominently as of late. Samford has had a second-round selection in each of the last two years, safety Jaquiski Tartt in 2015 and corner James Bradberry in 2016. Additionally, corner Corey White was picked in 2012 and defensive tackle Nicholas Williams in 2013. Cortland Finnegan, taken in 2006, went on to earn All-Pro honors.

Hamilton is looking to become the program's first-ever offensive player drafted.

Not far from where he grew up, Hamilton was one of the top performers in a post-season all-star game. For a recent FCS All-American, the journey continues.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Matt Osborne and Kevin Thomas on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network and is the sports director for multiple ESPN Radio affiliates based throughout southeast Georgia. @BJBennettSports