USAFA — The Air Force Academy Athletic Department confirmed to News 5 Sports on Saturday that Air Force quarterback Donald 'DJ' Hammond III is no longer a cadet in good standing and cannot represent the Academy in outside activities.
Hammond III was the expected starting quarterback for the Falcons heading into the 2020 season.
On Tuesday, the senior was named to the Davey O'Brien Award Watch List, which recognizes the best quarterback in college football.
Starting 11 of 13 games last season, the dual-threat standout rushed for 553 yards and a team-best 13 rushing touchdowns while adding 1,316 yards through the air and an additional 13 scores.
Hammond ranked second in the Mountain West in scoring (touchdowns) with a 6.2 average and 10th in passing yards with a 101.2 norm. His 177.88 quarterback efficiency rating is the second-best in school history.
A key piece to the Falcons 11-2 finish in 2019, No. 5 will be counted on to lead head coach Troy Calhoun's triple-option offense in his final campaign with the Academy.
Air Force's season kicks off at Falcon Stadium Sept. 5th against Duquesne.