Rockdale Linebacker Nic Hammett was rewarded Saturday for an outstanding senior season. The hard-hitting Hammett was named District 24-3A 2008 Defensive Most Valuable Player after posting 150 tackles and 3 interceptions this season.
The 6-4 230 pound Rice commit was also named 1st Team All-District at Tight End.
I caught up with Nic tonight and asked him about the honor.
"It's really great to receive the MVP honor although I didn't really set out to win any individual awards this season. My goal was to eliminate any bad games and just play consistently and not make mistakes that would hurt the team. I wanted to get at least 100 tackles so it was nice to get 150."
I asked Nic to reflect a little and tell me what his most special memories of the this season were.
Surprisingly one of them didn't occur on the field.
"I think I enjoyed going over to the elementary school and talking to the kids every week as much as anything. Some of them would wear my jersey and that was pretty cool. I just enjoyed getting to be with them every week."
Nic also had some special football memories as well.
"Beating Cleveland 17-8 at Kyle Field (Texas A&M) in the Area game was definitely something I'll never forget. Rockdale finished 2-8 when we were sophomores; so to go 9-3 this year was an accomplishment I won't forget. I'm proud of my team."
The talented Hammett is also one of the top baseball catchers in the state and will play baseball for Rockdale again this spring.
But for now he's still thinking about a future football career at Rice.
"I'm already working out 5 days a week up at the school. I borrowed a workout program from a friend of mine who plays college football. I'm lifting everyday and should start to pack on the pounds pretty soon."
Nic said he hope to reach 240 pounds before he arrives at Rice next summer.
"I think I'll hit 240 pretty quickly once I get into my workouts. I'd like to get a little more lean too though."
Hammett starts baseball January 30th, but was quick to say that his time on the diamond won't interfere with his football workouts.
"I'll be done working out every day before baseball practice starts. I'm going to workout hard to get ready for Rice."
Sounds good Nic.
With his high school football career finished