Woodrow Hamilton was a true freshman in 2011 and was being redshirted. He didn’t take part physically in the whipping Alabama administered to Ole Miss that season, but he felt it just the same.
And it continues to motivate him.
“I think about that everyday,” he said, adding, “I don’t let it get to me.”
Alabama won 52-7 in Oxford that season, the Tide’s largest margin of victory against Ole Miss since 1931.
Hamilton has started three games this season and totaled nine tackles. At 6-foot-3, 300 pounds he’s a bigger, more powerful nose tackle than the quicker Issac Gross, who also plays a great deal and has 1.5 sacks.
Beating up on the Rebels in 2011 didn’t exactly put Alabama in an elite category. The Rebels lost by three touchdowns or more five times that season. The Alabama game and others help set in motion the series of events that led to the hiring of Hugh Freeze and the growth the program has experienced.
A 2012 bowl-winning season and a five-game win streak that goes back to last year’s season finale are reasons why this is a largely confident Ole Miss team heading into it’s Saturday visit at No. 1 Alabama.
“We’ve come a long way. A really long way.”