Fullback Bryan Hammond Named Winner Of The Admiral Mack Award
April 13, 2017
Rising junior fullback Bryan Hammond (The Colony, Texas) has been named the winner of the Vice Admiral William P. Mack Award. The Admiral Mack Award is presented to the most improved player during spring football drills as voted on by the coaching staff. Hammond is just the second fullback to win the award in the 42 years it has been given out and the first since Bert Pangrazio in 1988.
“Bryan is a guy that entered the spring not on the depth chart and finished the spring in the mix for playing time in the fall,” said Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo. “He came to work every day and has shown great improvement. He has good speed and I think he has a chance to help us this year.”
Hammond is a 2014 graduate of The Colony High School and a 2015 graduate of the Naval Academy Prep School. Hammond was a two-sport athlete at The Colony where he earned letters in basketball (two) and football (three). Hammond was named Honorable Mention All-State and was the District 9 4A Offensive Most Valuable Player on the gridiron as a senior.
The Admiral Mack Award was initiated in 1976 and is named in honor of Vice Admiral William P. Mack, the Naval Academy Superintendent from 1972-75, who was a strong supporter of the school's intercollegiate athletic program.
Mack’s widow, Elsie, will turn 99 later this week. She could not make today’s ceremony due to a prior engagement.