SDS’ top 25 players of 2012: No. 14 Cobi Hamilton

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SDS is continually counting down the top 25 players in the SEC for 2012, and we’re not stopping until we get to that sexy No. 1. We don’t just rank stats or project players at the next level based on athletic superiority, but we rank players based on the season they had in 2012. I know you’ll agree with every single one…

No. 14 – Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas, WR

2012 Stats: 90 catches for 1,335 yards and five touchdowns

Why he’s worthy: No matter how bad the Hogs looked at different times throughout the season, the mere presence of Cobi Hamilton and Tyler Wilson immediately gave them a threat to score each and every play.

The 6-3, 209-pound senior led the SEC with 1,335 receiving yards, averaging 7.5 receptions per game. His 90 receptions were good for second in the conference behind Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews, who actually played one more game than Hamilton did.

And what he did against Rutgers was borderline criminal. Hamilton torched the Scarlet Knights’ secondary with 10 catches for an SEC-record 303 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 30.3 yards per catch. Those are crazy numbers and was definitely the highlight of his career.

Hamilton set the school single-season record for receptions with 90 and receiving yards with 1,335. He’s the fourth player in SEC history to catch at least 90 receptions, and he was only seven catches away from tying Keith Edwards’ record of 97 for one season.

With 175 catches for 2,854 yards in his career, Hamilton became Arkansas’ all-time receptions leader, and he fell just 81 yards short of the all-time record for receiving yards.

Knowing Hamilton was the Hogs’ main threat on offense, teams tried to double team and bracket him to keep the explosive plays to a minimum. That didn’t exactly work too well.

We’ll see Hamilton suit up and play for several years on Sundays in the future. He was a electrifying receiver and playmaker for the Hogs the last four years. But he certainly saved his best for last in 2012.

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Photo Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

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