NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Charleston Southern senior Darius Hammond has been named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2016 Football Championship Subdivision All-America team. Hammond earned a spot as a kick returner after leading the FCS in kickoff returns by nearly five yards per return.
Hammond, a senior from Johnston, S.C., averaged a Big South single-season record 33.7 yards per return. He ranked 17th nationally in combined kick returns and 23rd in all-purpose yards, cementing his place as one of the most dynamic threats in the country. Hammond earned Big South Special Teams Player of the Year honors after pacing the conference in kickoff returns and punt returns.
He broke an 83-yard kickoff return at Liberty in addition to a 19-yard punt return to account for 154 return yards and earn Big South Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Hammond's returns boosted the Bucs' field position all season, highlighted by a 58-yard return in the win at Monmouth, a key 48-yard kickoff return in CSU's win at Coastal Carolina and a 65-yard return in a victory over Bucknell. He averaged 35.6 yards on eight kickoff returns in conference play.
The All-America honor comes on top of Hammond's honor as College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) All-Purpose Performer of the Year in 2015. Hammond finished his career second in CSU history in all-purpose yards and fourth in rushing.