Darius Hamilton in middle of Rutgers D-line


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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Shedding the blocks of Big Ten offensive linemen as an undersized defensive tackle isn't the toughest thing Darius Hamilton has faced in his football career.

It's shedding the shadow of his father Keith, a New York Giants defensive lineman from 1992-2003.

Even as he became a five-start recruit and a top prospect in New Jersey, the high school All-American would still hear the nickname "Little Hammer," an homage to Keith's nickname "Hammer."

Hamilton has 24 starts as Rutgers (7-5, 3-5 Big Ten) gets set to face North Carolina (6-6, 4-4 ACC) in the Quick Lane Bowl on Friday at Ford Field in Detroit, Hamilton has 24 starts under his belt. He helped anchor Rutgers' defensive line with five sacks and a team-leading 9 1/2 tackles for a loss.

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