Carson Hammel is a senior running back on the Cannon Falls Bombers football team. In the Bombers’ season-opener at St. Charles, which Cannon Falls won 21-6 over the Saints, Hammel ran the ball 16 times for 108 yards and a touchdown. When Carson isn’t on the gridiron, you can find him out on the water with a fishing rod in his hand.
Here Hammel talks about football and his other passion, fishing.
Q: How do you think you’ve improved from last season to this season?
CH: Well I’ve really stepped up because last year I was under Riley Miller. I’ve just kind of matured a little bit, studied my playbook a whole lot and just trying to run a little bit faster and be an all-around more improved player. Then coach always talks about hiding the ball, because obviously in the Bomber offense we want to run our fakes really agile and cover the ball up nicely and I’ve just been working on that.
Q: Best part about being back in front of fans, at school, all of that?
CH: Well I was a little nervous obviously. But after the first couple plays I kind of got my head back on straight and obviously we started off slow, but as the game picked up the coaches hyped us up and we took home the dub.
Q: Pick up any new or strange hobbies during lockdown/quarantine last year?
CH: I played XBox a little bit more, I fish a lot so that’s a big thing for me. When you’re at school but still at home you can get the boat out a lot faster.
Q: What do you prefer to fish for?
CH: I’m a big bass guy and then in the winter I do a bunch of pan fishing and for walleyes. Actually I have a YouTube channel called Hammel Outdoors where I film and I have an Instagram account and Facebook. So that’s one of my big passions besides football is filming and enjoying the outdoors.
Q: Are you part of a fishing team at all?
CH: I am, I’m actually in a club called the Lunkers Squad Bass Club. I’ve been fishing that, fishing as a co-angler. So yeah I’ve been fishing all summer, then between football practice and fishing and just hanging out with buddies and having a good time out on the water.