Nevada senior defensive end Sam Hammond was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team Thursday.
This is the first academic all-district honor for Nevada since Lucas Weber earned the distinction in the fall of 2019. There have been just seven total, including Hammond, to earn the honor from Nevada. He is one of 10 to receive the recognition from the Mountain West. Hammond was one of 27 players on the all-district 7 team, which includes players from the states of Nevada, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Hammond, a former walk-on from Yerington, has been with the Wolf Pack since his true freshman season in 2016. During his time at Nevada, he has earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration with a perfect 4.0 GPA in graduate school.
During the 2020 season, Hammond earned second-team All-MW honors while leading Nevada with 7.5 tackles for loss, which ranked ninth in the MW. He was second on the team in sacks with four. Hammond, who underwent offseason knee surgery, recorded 32 tackles (fourth on the team) and broke up a pair of passes. With one year of eligibility remaining, Hammond has totaled 85 tackles, 11.5 of which have gone for a loss, and 6.5 sacks in his career.
This award recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot where first- and second-team All-America honorees will be selected in late June.