Recent Kamal Hadden Notes
Week 0: DNP
HISTORY — from college profile
One of Tennessee’s top cornerbacks who has earned a starting role in 2022 … Became a consistent contributor for the Vols in the defensive backfield during SEC play in 2021 ... Played in 15 games with seven career starts and has two seasons of eligibility remaining … Transferred to UT after a brief spring at Auburn and Independence Community College in Kansas.
2022 (rs jr): Got the start at corner and had five tackles and a TFL in shutout victory at Vanderbilt (11/26) ... Led the Vols in tackles for the second time this season, finishing with a career-high nine, including half a TFL at South Carolina (11/19) ... Returned from injury at #3 Georgia, playing 22 snaps at corner while making one tackle ... Recorded eight tackles in road win at #25 LSU (10/8) ... Notched seven tackles, including a TFL, and sealed the win over #20 Florida with an interception on the final play of the game, his second pick of the year and third of his career ... Made two tackles and added a TFL and a pass breakup in win over Akron (9/17) ... Earned first start of the season in road win at #17 Pitt (9/10) and finished with seven tackles, a forced fumble, a pass breakup and his first-career QB hurry ... Had a great start to the year in season opener vs. Ball State (9/1), making three tackles while also recording his second-career interception with a second-quarter pick that resulted in a Tennessee touchdown drive.
2021 (reshirt soph): Played in seven games and made two starts while totaling 17 tackles, two TFLs and one interception … Made second start of the year at cornerback and recorded his first-career interception against Purdue in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl (12/30) … Posted two solo tackles, including one TFL in win against South Alabama (11/20) ... Had one tackle against No. 1 Georgia (11/13) ... Recorded his first-career PBU and had a pair of tackles in win at No. 18 Kentucky (11/6) ... Made his first-career start, posting a career high in TFLs (1.0) while also forcing a fumble and adding eight tackles at No. 4 Alabama (10/23) ... Saw significant action vs. No. 13 Ole Miss (10/16), playing 27 snaps at corner while making two tackles ... Made his UT debut in win over Tennessee Tech (9/18).
—at Indepence Community College (junior college)—
One of the top junior college cornerbacks who played one season at Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas … Originally signed with Auburn in December 2020, before transferring and enrolling at Tennessee in June 2021 … Participated in spring practice at Auburn in 2021 but did not play a season at Auburn … Considered the No. 5 junior college cornerback and the No. 32 overall prospect by 247Sports … A three-star athlete by Rivals and 247Sports … Totaled 21 tackles, one tackle for loss, three forced fumbles, one interception and eight pass breakups as a freshman in 2019 at Independence … Independence did not play a fall 2020 season due to COVID-19.
High school: ESPN and 247 Sports tabbed him as a top five prospect at cornerback … Two-year starter for Coach Corey Parker at River Rouge High School in Michigan … Selected all-conference as a senior for the 10-1 Panthers … Also lettered in basketball.
Full name is Kamal Hadden … Born on Jan. 17, 2001, in Ypsilanti, Michigan … Son of Jeannette Hadden … Has one brother, Koron, and three sisters, Kelsey, Ashley and Erica … Majoring in communication studies with a minor in business administration … Says his mom is his biggest inspiration because she’s always been his biggest fan … Recipient of the M. Stephen & Chris M. Brandon Endowment Fund ... Models his game after Jalen Ramsey … Favorite movie is “Bad Boys” … Favorite food is shrimp … Favorite TV show “Snowfall” … Twitter handle is @KamalHadden9 and Instagram handle is @mal900_.
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