Hammond To Represent MSU At SEC Football Leadership Council Meeting
Mississippi State Athletics
Football February 02, 2023 Joel Coleman, Senior Writer
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State long snapper Hayes Hammond is set to travel to Birmingham, Alabama, to represent the Bulldogs at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Conference Football Leadership Council.
The Tupelo, Mississippi, native will join 13 other players — one from each SEC school — during Friday and Saturday.
On the agenda for the group this weekend will be a meeting with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, a review of NCAA and SEC legislative material, a conversation with SEC Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Katie O ‘Neal, and a dialogue with football officials on rules of the game, student-athlete/referee interaction and officiating careers. The group will also examine opportunities for SEC student-athlete engagement.
The Football Leadership Council is one of three components of the SEC Student-Athlete Leadership Council. The other two components are the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Leadership Councils. The student-athlete leadership councils for the sports of men’s and women’s soccer and basketball, along with the conference’s longstanding Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), provide student-athletes with additional opportunities to engage with campus leaders and conference office staff. The councils serve as a channel of communication with the conference office on issues related to the student-athlete experience, student-athlete welfare, and rules of play.
Other SEC athletes joining Hammond include DeVonta Smith of Alabama, Cam Little of Arkansas, Malcolm Johnson of Auburn, Derek Wingo of Florida, Jalon Walker of Georgia, Eli Cox of Kentucky, Mekhi Wingo of LSU, Cedric Johnson of ‘Ole Miss, Darius Robinson of Missouri, Kai Kroeger of South Carolina. , Omari Thomas of Tennessee, LT Overton of Texas A&M and Ethan Barr of Vanderbilt.
Hammond just completed his third season at Mississippi State. After making a redshirt in his true freshman season in 2020, he appeared in 12 games in 2021 as State’s leading long snapper on punts. Last season, Hammond appeared in all 13 games and had both punts and field goals. He also registered three tackles.