CLEVELAND, OHIO - Charleston Southern senior Darius Hammond was named to the Division I FCS Athletic Directors Association All-America team on Wednesday morning. Hammond was one of 11 players selected to the team that recognizes the top player in the nation at their respective positions.
The All-American recognition is Hammond's third in as many days as the senior return specialist was named to the Walter Camp FCS All-America team on Monday, and the STATS FCS All-America team on Tuesday.
The significance of the FCS ADA selection as the top return specialist in the nation was not lost on the Johnston, S.C. native.
"I'm honored to receive this," Hammond said. "I would like to thank my football family for allowing me to be a Buccaneer and putting me in the situation to become the player I am today. I'd also like to thank my family for supporting me along the way with my career."
Hammond averaged a Big South single-season record 33.7 yards per return in the 2016 season. 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 on his way to accumulating 154 return yards and earning November 14 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 fourth annual award recognizes the top student-athletes from FCS institutions at 11 different positions. The 2016 class includes student-athletes from 11 different institutions, representing six different conferences. Voting was conducted by a national panel, consisting of media and SIDs.
About the FCS ADA: Now in its 23rd year, the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance Football Championship Subdivision football. For more information on the FCS ADA, please visit www.fcsada.com. The FCS ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 52nd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.