It doesn’t really matter what defenses throw at Strom Thurmond’s Jauveer Hammond. He’s a Rebel with a cause. He can coolly pick up big yards and score touchdown after touchdown in the air or on the ground.
As quarterback, Hammond is the player everyone notices. All the eyes are on him, but he’s as cool as can be when he’s ready to take the snap.
“I love it,” Hammond said about his position. “It’s a lot of pressure. But one thing my mama taught me, with pressure, you got to fly like an eagle and strive for the best. That’s what I do.”
As a junior, Hammond threw for 1,674 yards and rushed for 1,258 yards, leading the Rebels to 11 games of at least 35 points.
There aren’t many talents like him. He’ll stay strong and deliver a pass downfield or he’ll tuck the ball and run. Even as the sport becomes full of dual-threat quarterbacks, Hammond stands out. He isn’t just a runner placed at quarterback.
He listens to his coaches, soaking in their advice and pointers. When the time comes to hit the field, Hammond doesn’t care what the defense has planned for him. He’s going to cause trouble for them no matter what.
“This year, I know some defenses are going to try to attack me because I’m going to be the main topic,” Hammond said. “But whatever the coach tells me to do, I’ll do it.”