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81 Hayden Hurst TE

South Carolina Gamecocks

Key Stats

Draft Prospect Outlook:

Effective as in-space blocker for screens. Willing but not overly powerful or impressive in-line against bigger defenders. Fluid athlete who can stretch the field down the middle and on the perimeter on wheels. Downfield speed is above-average. Hands aren't an issue. Good TE2.

College Recap:

Tight end Hayden Hurst took a roundabout path to South Carolina but ended up starring as one of the best players at his position in the SEC. Hurst signed a professional baseball contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates out of The Bolles School in 2012 with dreams of becoming a major league pitcher. When that plan didn’t work out, a walk-on opportunity with the Gamecocks came about. He bounced back and forth between tight end and wide receiver as a freshman in 2015 catching eight passes for 106 yards. His sophomore year with a scholarship in hand, Hurst flourished setting single-season school records for receptions (48) and yards receiving (616) for a tight end. He was also the first player in school history to be named a permanent team captain as a sophomore.

Hurst contemplated leaving school after his sophomore season but elected to return in 2017, in part to focus on his blocking. The coaching staff said he improved in that area from his sophomore to junior season, but he was still relied upon heavily for offensive production as well. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder caught 44 passes for 559 yards during his final season with the Gamecocks along with two touchdowns. For the second straight season, Hurst was voted a permanent captain by his teammates.

Game Log
09/02NCSTW 35-281-2-2.0000-0
09/09@MIZZOUW 31-1336923.01122.01
09/16UKL 13-234399.8000-0
09/23LATECHW 17-1633913.0000-0
09/30@TXAML 17-2467612.7000-0
10/07ARKW 48-2227638.012126.00
10/14@TENNW 15-900-0144.00
10/28VANDYW 34-274317.80166.00
11/04@UGAL 10-2479313.3000-0
11/11FLAW 28-2055911.8011111.00
11/18WOFFW 31-103103.30111.00
11/25CLEML 10-343289.3000-0
01/01MICHW 26-1934113.702-6-3.00
Passing Stats
2016-17South Carolina132221000188.2
2017-18South Carolina13100000.0
TOTAL 383221000125.5
2016-17South Carolina13290
2017-18South Carolina139301
TOTAL 3811391
2015-16South Carolina1281060
2016-17South Carolina13486161
2017-18South Carolina13445592
TOTAL 3810012813

Player Info

Jacksonville, FL, USA
South Carolina Gamecocks