He's the returning starting center, and Ryan Hamilton continues to impress the new coaching staff.
"He's got fairly good feet, he's got the build you want for a center, you don't want 6'3 guys really, because they are shorter and work in confined spaces. He's a real leader with these kids" says Hellgate head coach Matt Softich.
For however talented he may be on the field, it's his attitude his teammates talk about.
"He's a great teammate, he's really enthusiastic, and he's really inspiring. He'll make sure you're doing your job and giving 100%," says senior receiver Jack Lewis.
"He's a scholar, he's a gentleman, he's somebody that if I had a son, he'd be the kind of kid you want," adds Softich.
For Hamilton, he makes sure to take care of things academically, with his 3.8 GPA at Hellgate.
"Academics have always been pretty important to me. I've always been taught to stay strong in the classroom, and then focus on football. I'm a part of NHS, which is an honor society at Hellgate, and we do a lot of community service, and other projects to help people out around town," says the senior center Hamilton.
Having an intelligent center has plenty of benefits on the grid-iron as well.
"It's nice, because I can relay my information to him, and he can tell the line, and I don't have to tell everyone individually, I can trust that he'll get to them, and it's really nice," says senior quarterback Brayden Frohlich.
But it doesn't stop at football or academics, Hamilton is also quick to take charge when it comes to community involvement.
"When we went and did the Watson's Bike Rodeo, you could tell he was enjoying what he was doing, he cared for those kids, he cares for his teammates, cares for the school, he wants to have success for Hellgate," says Softich.
"You ask this kid to do something extra-curricular, he's the first one to jump on it, he's really outgoing with stuff like that, and he's a great person to have around," adds Frohlich.
While his positive attitude rubs off on others, it's equally as helpful to Ryan as well.
"It feels good, because over our past couple season's, they've been there and supported us through the rough times, so it feels good," says Hamilton.
Thursday, July 24 2014 8:34 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:34:26 GMT
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