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Shawn Hamilton of Reservoir snags Howard County football Defensive Player of Year nod

Shawn Hamilton of Reservoir snags Howard County football Defensive Player of Year nod

Before the start of the season, Reservoir senior Shawn Hamilton was anxious to be the guy everybody noticed on defense.

He had visions of sacking opposing quarterbacks and punishing running backs and being a dominant defensive end. The only problem was Hamilton had started the previous two seasons at nose guard — a key position for any top defense, but not the one that builds up eye-opening stats.

“Coach [Sean] Jones and I sat him down and said, ‘Listen Shawn, I understand it’s your senior year, you might get some sacks, get some opportunities, but if we keep you at nose [guard], nobody can run away from you,’” said Gators coach Bryan...

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