Cobi Hamilton: Arkansas WR Torches Rutgers with Record-Breaking Performance

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 23, 2012

Sep 22, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver Cobi Hamilton (11) runs after a catch for a touchdown against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the first quarter at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE
Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

Whatever Arkansas senior receiver Cobi Hamilton ate for breakfast Saturday morning, he better stick to that diet.

As ESPN Arkansas noted, Hamilton broke the SEC record for receiving yards in a single game when he caught an 80-yard touchdown pass against Rutgers in the fourth quarter to put him at 303 yards. It was his 10th catch of the game and his third score of the game.

Hamilton, who came into the game with 10 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown, averaged 30.3 yards per reception in this latest outing, also scoring a 57-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Tight end Chris Gragg actually led the Razorbacks in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns before Saturday's game, but Hamilton's performance against Rutgers figures to grant him plenty of targets by quarterback Tyler Wilson moving forward.

Unfortunately for Arkansas, Hamilton's game didn't stop the team from losing to Rutgers, 35-26. It's been a disappointing season for the Razorbacks so far, who entered the contest with a 1-2 record after a shocking loss to Louisiana-Monroe and a 52-0 blowout to Alabama. 

On the other hand, if Hamilton keeps having performances like this, perhaps Arkansas can turn around its season and get back to its winning ways. Performances like this certainly can't be ignored—by the Arkansas coaching staff or the rest of college football.

Hamilton only registered 542 yards and four touchdowns as a junior last season, but he did average 15.9 yards per reception. The 6'3", 209-pounder has shown the ability to make big plays in the past.

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