Defensive tackle Maurice Hampton was always one of the most interesting Maryland football players to interview. Chatty with the media, Hampton played on both the offensive and defensive lines during his career and offered reporters a broad perspective on the team. He started four games as a senior and had a career-best seven tackles against Boston College and five against Temple.
A studio art major (with a concentration in graphic design), Hampton, 6-2 and 295 pounds, was recently invited to the Detroit Lions rookie minicamp and hopes to play in the NFL. He graduated last December.
You were given one of those framed, “Maryland Pride” jerseys as a keepsake on Senior Day. Be honest. What did you think of those uniforms?
It’s a 50-50 type of thing. Either you like it or you hate it. I love it. [The fan reaction] is because of how the season went. If we were the No. 1 team in the country, [people] would have loved the jerseys.
It wasn’t a bad transition at all. I’m not knocking Edsall. I grew up with it. My dad is just like him. When somebody tells you to do something, you just do it. I just knew how to deal with it. Once you get into a hole, you can’t get out of it. Like [running back] D.J. Adams, [who left the team after the season]. You’ve got to come back with a great apology [if you get in the doghouse].
How did you stay up during last year’s 2-10 season?
I’m definitely not used to losing. What I learned to do when you are losing is you perfect your craft. You get better. I love the game, but it is a game.
What are you doing now, and what you will do when football is done?
I work out five times a week. [Without football], I’d go into advertising – create logos, help others’ businesses. I’m a worker. I work hard at whatever I try to do.