Georgetown News
Football - Thu, Nov. 15, 2007

Georgetown College Football defensive back Clay Hamblen has been named the Mid-South Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row.

Georgetown College Football defensive back Clay Hamblen has been named the Mid-South Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row.

The senior from Danville, IN tallied 52 total tackles in his last season as a Tiger, including 28 solo, and had a total of eight interceptions for 78 yards. Hamblen added a fumble recovery for 90 yards, had eight defended passes and 2.5 tackles for a loss of five yards in 2007. Just as impressively, he added 870 all purpose yards on 24 kick returns and 19 punt returns, when most teams tried to avoid his side of the field.

"It has been a special four years," said the communications major. "I hate to see my time at Georgetown come to an end - it has been the perfect place for me."

He ends his collegiate career with a total of 191 tackles, 30 broken up passes and 20 interceptions for 246 yards. On special teams, he was special, with 2881 total all purpose yards during his four years at Georgetown, averaging 65.5 yards per game. He was named the NAIA All-Purpose Player of the Year in 2006 and was also an AFCA All-American.

Hamblen has left his mark in the Georgetown College record books, holding records in career interceptions (20), punt returns (119), kickoff return yards (1691) and punt return yards (1305). "He has been a special player to watch and coach," said Head Coach Bill Cronin. "We will certainly miss his speed and leadership on the field."

The diversity of his talent was also seen last season on the hardwood, as he played on the 2006-07 Tiger Basketball team that went undefeated in conference play - a first for the Mid-South Conference.

 
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