What They’re Saying: Hamm’s Day Vs. VMI

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Daniel Hamm led Virginia with 136 rushing yards.

It was a surprise to Virginia fans and the media corps, but quarterback David Watford said he saw it coming. He was just certain that true freshman walk-on Daniel Hamm would have a big day at running back against VMI. Hamm didn’t disappoint in his debut for the Hoos.

“I called it. During the week, I told Coach Fairchild. I said he’s going to have 150 yards rushing,” Watford said. “I knew he was going to have a hell of a performance because he practices just like that. In practice, he does the same thing and runs just as hard. Hamm is a great player. I have the upmost respect for that kid.”

Hamm made his quarterback look prophetic with a dandy day at Scott Stadium. Filling in for injured backs Khalek Shepherd and Taquan Mizzell , he led the team with 21 carries for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns in the 49-0 victory for Virginia.

Watford wasn’t the only Wahoo that thought Hamm could have a big day. Most of his offensive teammates seemed to have similar expectations.

“It’s not surprising to me what he did today. I already knew he was going to do it,” Wahoo running back Kevin Parks said. “Everybody said it. During training camp, the guy was making plays. It wasn’t surprising. I’m proud of that guy.”

Hamm showed good running instincts in his first action as a Cavalier. He picked holes decisively and then got up the field quickly. He didn’t hesitate once finding space either, bouncing off tackles and gaining extra yards. Granted it was a lower level of competition with VMI, but Hamm clearly looked like someone confident in his abilities.

“He’s labeled himself as a downhill guy who sees the hole and hits it,” UVa senior lineman Luke Bowanko said. “Offensive linemen really love guys like that. Obviously,