Virginia vs. Florida State - November 4, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)
WORTH NOTING: Preseason All-American ... Lott Trophy Watch List ... also named to the 2006 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List presented to the nation's top defensive player ... chosen a team captain this fall ... third in the nation among active players with 10 career interceptions ... led the team with six interceptions last year to become the first Cavalier to have at least four interceptions in back-to-back seasons since running backs coach Anthony Poindexter did it as a safety at UVa in 1996-97 ...one of 20 players in school history to intercept at least 10 passes ... his 63 tackles last year tied for the second most by a cornerback in school history ...graduated in December 2005, a semester early, with a degree in sociology and is enrolled in graduate school this season.
HONORS: 2005-Second-team All-ACC ...first-team All-State by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association and by the Roanoke Times ... received the Mark and Anne Sternheimer Endowed Football Scholarship from the Virginia Athletics Foundation. 2004--National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation following UVa's game with Georgia Tech (Nov. 21) ...CoSIDA Academic All-District III Football Team ... All-ACC Academic Team ... co-recipient of the Rock Weir Award as the most improved player during spring practice... received the Mark and Anne Sternheimer Endowed Football Scholarship from the Virginia Athletics Foundation. 2003--Honorable Mention Freshman All-American by Rivals.com ... ACC All-Academic ... received the Mark and Anne Sternheimer Endowed Football Scholarship from the Virginia Athletics Foundation.
AT VIRGINIA: 2005-Quickly made a name for himself as one of the top cover corners in the ACC ... had an outstanding season in all phases of the game, including stopping the pass and the run ...earned second-team All-ACC honors ...was the only defensive back on the team to start every game ... led the ACC and tied for fifth in the country in interceptions (0.50/g) ... finished fourth among league cornerbacks in tackling with an average of 5.3 tackles per game (45th overall) ... had at least five tackles on eight occasions and led the team twice (Florida State, Georgia Tech) ... 63 tackles are a career high ...five of his six interceptions and three of his seven pass break ups came in ACC games ...made a season-high nine tackles in the first game against Western Michigan and had seven the next week vs. Syracuse ...picked off two passes in the win over Duke, the second multi-interception game of his career ...had an interception and a pass break up in the Boston College game ...played a big role in the win over Florida State ... shared the team's tackling honors with Kai Parham with a season-high nine stops ... also picked off a pass in the first quarter to set up UVa's first touchdown ... had another outstanding effort in the win over Georgia Tech ...in addition to sharing the team lead with seven tackles, he intercepted a pass and broke up two others ...he also turned All-American receiver Calvin Johnson into a non-factor ... Johnson caught just four passes for 41 yards, including only a nine-yard catch in the second half ... sealed UVa's Music City Bowl win over Minnesota with an interception in the end zone to end the Golden Gophers' final possession ...also broke up four passes in the game to set a Virginia bowl record ... made three tackles, including one for a loss ... lettered for the third time.
2004--Played in every game, starting nine ... started the first seven games before giving way to Philip Brown ... returned to the line-up vs. Virginia Tech and the MPC Computers Bowl vs. Fresno State ...third in the ACC with four interceptions ... tied for 51st in the country in interceptions ... finished with 54 tackles ...also shared the team lead with five pass break ups with Tony Franklin ... three tackles in his first start vs. Temple in the opener ...four solo stops vs. North Carolina ...intercepted one pass and broke up another vs. Akron ... made a career-high 11 tackles against Syracuse ... eight tackles against Florida State ...three tackles, an interception and a PBU in a win over Duke ... intercepted two passes, both in the end zone, in a big road win at Georgia Tech ... also broke up a pass and made five tackles to earn national defensive player of the week accolades ... the first UVa cornerback to intercept two passes in a game in six years ...made three tackles and broke up two passes in the final regular-season game against Virginia Tech ... was in on 10 tackles vs. Fresno State in the MPC Computers Bowl ... lettered.
2003--Reserve who played in every game, making 29 tackles ...usually inserted in the nickel and dime packages ... had his time decrease late in the season ... led the kickoff coverage unit with 10 tackles ... made a season-high five stops in the first game against Duke ... four tackles and two pass break-ups in extended action against Western Michigan ... four stops vs. North Carolina and three in a Homecoming win over Troy ... broke up a pass vs. N.C. State ... lettered. 2002--Saw his only action of the season against Florida State ... played cornerback and on the kickoff and punt return squads vs. the Seminoles ... did not have a tackle but returned two punts for an 11.0-yard average ... injured late in the game on kickoff coverage and did not play the rest of the season ... redshirted to retain the year of eligibility.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time letterman at Centreville HS for coach Mike Skinner ... SuperPrep All-American ... PrepStar All-American ... rated the No. 24 defensive back in the nation by SuperPrep ... No. 5 defensive back in the Atlantic region by PrepStar ... ranked as the No. 5 player in Virginia on the Charlottesville Daily Progress "Gold List" ... Prep Football Report's No. 25 player in the Mid-Atlantic Coast region ... listed as the ninth-best player in Virginia by the Roanoke Times and the 10th-best player by SuperPrep ... five-star player by Max Emfinger ... the nation's No. 11 cornerback and a four-star player according to Rivals.com ... broke up 39 passes during his career ... broke up more than 18 passes during his senior season ... allowed only eight completions, and no touchdowns, as a senior ... team captain who made 16 tackles and had one interception ... also returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown ... first-team Group AAA All-State ... also first-team all-district and all-region ... second-team All-Met by the Washington Post ... second-team All-District as a junior and sophomore ... 43 tackles, two interceptions and 11 pass break ups as a junior to help his team to a state championship ...41 tackles, two interceptions and 10 pass breakups his sophomore season ... honor roll.
PERSONAL: Marcus Christopher David Hamilton ... born 2-17-84 in Fairfax, Va. ... son of Christina and Gregory Hamilton, Sr. ... has two brothers, Greg and Darryl ... father played football at Boston University in the mid 1970s ... received his degree in sociology last December, a semester early, and will play as a graduate student this year.