Has battled through knee injuries the past two seasons and fought his way back to have shot to get back on the field and be a contributor for the Blazers in 2006 ... if he stays healthy, he will provide big boost to interior defensive front that lost the services of departed seniors Sam Williamson and Ernest Respress ... saw first action of UAB career in 2003 and limited action in 2004 before injury sidelined him for remainder of season ... a former walk-on, Hamlin has earned scholarship.
2005: Did not see any action during season due to injury.
2004: Played in two games as backup defensive lineman before injury sidelined him for remainder of season ... recorded two tackles.
2003: After no action in first six games of season, he played in final six contests after rash of injuries to UAB's defensive line ... came in and did quality job in early duty ... finished the season with 15 total tackles, including 12 solo hits ... recorded one tackle for loss and one sack ... registered a season-high five tackles -- all solos -- in game vs. Tulane ... had four tackles in home victory over Army.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended Bevill State on baseball and academic scholarship ... started at first base at Bevill as freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Thompson High School in Alabaster, Ala. ... was standout performer on defensive line for Thompson throughout career ... as a senior in 2001, he was named his school's Defensive Lineman-of-the-Year as well as earning the Captain Award ... also was a nominee for 2002 Birmingham Post-Herald Scholar-Athlete Award ... was tabbed to The Birmingham News honorable mention All-Metro team ... he was also tabbed to Birmingham News "Best of the Rest" team ... as a junior in 2000, he was named honorable mention All-Shelby County ... coached by Ricky Seale on football team ... also participated in baseball.
PERSONAL: Born Nov. 16, 1983 at Montgomery, Ala. ... son of Jim and Sue Hamlin ... major is early childhood education.