CHARLESTON, S.C. - Former Charleston Southern All-American Darius Hammond has landed his first professional football contract, signing with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League.
Hammond signed with the Redblacks on Tuesday and is listed as a running back on the Redblacks roster as the team looks to build its roster on the first day of the CFL Free Agency period. The Johnston, S.C. native was one of two international players signed to the Redblacks on Tuesday, joining Florida International defensive lineman Michael Wakefield on the squad.
Hammond earned All-American honors from four different organizations in his senior year including the Athlon Sports FCS All-American honors, the Walter Camp FCS All-America team, the STATS FCS All-America team, and the HERO Sports All-America team.
The 6-1 senior 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 Redblacks open the preseason on Thursday, June 8, against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, before beginning the regular season on Friday, June 23 against the Calgary Stampeders.
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