Hamilton also to work at receiver
April 1, 2002

On a day when Tech head coach Frank Beamer and his staff moved Chris Clifton from quarterback to receiver, they also decided Monday to have Justin Hamilton, the 6-foot-3, 217-pound redshirt freshman from Clintwood, Va., start taking the majority of his reps at receiver. Hamilton met with Tech running backs coach Billy Hite, who explained that Hamilton will work at receiver this year and then possibly move back to tailback next year.

"He told me it was all about getting the best 11 guys on the field, and that with the logjam at tailback, he thought I could contribute this year at receiver," Hamilton said. "At first, I was hurt, but now, I'm fine. I'll do what's best for me and the team. Part of coming to Virginia Tech is being a team player, and I'd be selfish if I wasn't willing to make the move."

Hamilton came to Tech as a highly touted tailback after rushing for 4,000 career yards and scoring 62 touchdowns at Clintwood High. But the SuperPrep All-American wasn't going to see a lot of playing time this season behind Lee Suggs, Kevin Jones and Cedric Humes, another impressive freshman. So he was willing to make the move.

"At first, it will be a difficult transition," he said. "But I was picking up the system easily at tailback and hopefully I can do the same at receiver. This will help me get a feel for the entire offense."