Charleston Southern senior running back Darius Hammond has been named to the 2016 STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year preseason watch list, it was announced Wednesday. Hammond is one of 22 players on the list and is the only Big South Conference player to earn recognition.
In the last week, Hammond has been named Big South Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and a STATS FCS Preseason Second-Team All-American as an all-purpose player. The Johnston, S.C., native is joined on the list by six of the top seven vote-getters in last year’s player of the year balloting.
Hammond made his mark as a special teams standout as an underclassman and continued to do so while also powering the Bucs’ ground game in 2015. He led CSU with 856 rushing yards and accounted for 1,865 all-purpose yards, ranking 17th nationally at an average of 143.5 yards per game. Hammond was tabbed 2015 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) All-Purpose Performer of the Year following the campaign.
By position, the watch list included ten running backs, eight quarterbacks and four wide receivers. All 13 FCS conferences had at least one nominee, with the most coming from the Big Sky with four followed by CAA Football with three.
The STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List can undergo revision during the 2016 season. A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will vote on the winner following the regular season.
Also this season, STATS will honor the outstanding defensive player in the FCS, a freshman player of the year, a coach of the year and the Eddie & Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete of the Year.