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Dream 16: Jefferson County's LaDerrick Hammond fights for his squad

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Waiting for the battle to begin, LaDerrick Hammond gets into position then looks the enemy in the eyes.

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LaDerrick Hammond, a strong safety for Jefferson County, is a Warrior on the football field.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
LaDerrick Hammond, a strong safety for Jefferson County, is a Warrior on the football field.

The Jefferson County strong safety tries to psych out receivers, chanting and talking to them. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t. But it always helps Hammond gain courage.

“I just think, ‘Don’t get beat.’ And I try to get in their heads. Most don’t listen, but it’s good to do that when you’re a defensive player. I just talk to them, stuff that you shouldn’t say,” Hammond said with a laugh.

Hammond is a warrior. During the week, he listens to his chiefs, including coach J.B. Arnold. Come Friday, the senior is well prepared and ready to help his tribe defend a slant pattern, a lob or a run play.

Because he started playing football in recreation leagues, Hammond has been groomed as a warrior. He’s not afraid of contact or conflict, as the 112 tackles he recorded as a junior prove. A physical player, Hammond is happy to handle the rough hitting and tackling so his team can win the battle.

“I learn that from being in it a lot,” Hammond said about being physical. “That carries to me on the field because I’m a very wild person. On the field it helps a lot.”

LaDERRICK HAMMOND

SCHOOL: Jefferson County Warriors

YEAR: Sr.

POS: DB

HT./WT.: 6-1/170


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