Football: Timberline grad/EWU linebacker Ronnie Hamlin continues to receive national praise

July 14, 2013 

Lacey native Ronnie Hamlin, a 2009 Timberline High School graduate and linebacker at Eastern Washington, is one of 20 football players named to the Buchanan Award watch list, honoring the top defensive player among Football Championship Series schools. Photo courtesy of Eastern Washington University athletic department.

PHOTO COURTESY OF EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Awards keep coming in for Timberline High School graduate Ronnie Hamlin.

The senior-to-be linebacker at Eastern Washington was named one of 20 players to the Buck Buchanan Award watch list, given to the top defensive player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The Buchanan Award watch list was released July 11.

Hamlin, a 2009 Timberline graduate, is a 22-game starter for the Eagles and has amassed 221 career tackles, which ranks 22nd in school history. Knee injuries wiped out his first two seasons, including the schools national championship season in 2010. Earlier this month, Hamlin, The Olympian’s all-area football player of the year in 2008, was named a first-team preseason All-America by Beyond Sports Network and on the watch list for College Football Performance’s Linebacker Award.

Last season, Hamlin earned fourth-team All-America honors by Phil Steele Publications and was a first-team All-Big Sky performer starting all 14 games and helping Eastern to the NCAA Division I FCS semifinals. He finished with 136 tackles, which is fifth-best in school history for a single season.