Originally created 08/27/99

Ex-Gamecock Hambrick enrolls at Savannah St.

Troy Hambrick had high hopes going into his senior year of college. He said sometimes he'd visualize at night what it would be like teamed with new coach Lou Holtz at South Carolina.

Holtz likes to run the football. Hambrick has been the Gamecocks' leading runner the past two years.

But the union of Holtz and Hambrick was severed this summer. Holtz released the 6-foot-1, 233-pound tailback because of a violation of team rules following two years of rocky relations. This week, Hambrick enrolled at Savannah State to finish his collegiate football career.

"I felt like I was a target at South Carolina," Hambrick said. "They just wanted to get rid of me. They say they were rebuilding, but how can you let a senior go who was your leading rusher the last two seasons?"

Hambrick ran for 701 yards last season -- more yards than the rest of the team combined -- and he caught 22 passes for 166 yards coming out of the backfield.

In three years, Hambrick ran for 1,586 yards (18th best career yardage in school history) and 14 touchdowns. During his career, he averaged 5.6 yards a carry.

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