Walking into the postgame press conference wearing slides and sporting a nonchalant expression, one might have thought it was just an ordinary game for Omarion Hampton.
In the Tar Heels' Saturday afternoon 59-7 victory over the Campbell Camels, the sophomore running back raced past the 1,000-yard threshold for rushing yards over a single season, becoming the fastest Tar Heel to do so since Giovani Bernard in 2012.
Hampton’s 144 yards against Campbell is the fourth consecutive 100-plus yard game for the Clayton native. So, it should come as no surprise that Hampton leads the ACC in total rushing yards, touchdowns and average rushing yards per game.
Hampton is still not satisfied though.
“It’s a good honor and everything, I just know I have to keep pushing and keep getting better," he said directly after taking the podium.
Despite his quick ascent to the 1,000-yard threshold, head coach Mack Brown said he thought with Hampton’s skill set, he would have reached it last year. But, because of a sprained ankle, ball protection issues and an offensive scheme that heavily emphasized the Drake Maye air raid, Hampton found himself sitting behind Elijah Green on the depth chart.
He also had issues carrying the ball, dropping it in a key moment during last year’s ACC championship game at the 24-yard line, and recording three fumbles over the season.