• SEC Freshman of the Week (Sept. 5)
Tabbed the No. 4 all-purpose running back by Rivals and 247Sports … Four-star prospect, No. 7 player in the state of Tennessee and No. 169 player in the Class of 2017 by Rivals … Three-star prospect by ESPN, Scout and 247Sports … Pegged as the No. 27 running back in the class by Scout … Earned a final No. 188 prospect ranking in the class by 247Sports Composite … No. 10 prospect in Tennessee by 247Sports … Named one of the top 10 performers at The Opening … Rushed for 7,000 yards and 92 touchdowns over his career at St. George Academy … Named the male athlete of the year for Division 2 by The Commercial Appeal … Coached by David Carter … Earned Division 2A All-State honors from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association as a senior … Finalist for the Division II-A Mr. Back award … Named the District 2-A West 2 Player of the Year … Rushed for 1,940 yards on just 160 attempts for a 12.1 yards per carry average … Scored 29 touchdowns, including 27 on the ground … Hauled in eight receptions for 159 yards while also making 51 tackles to go along with 16 pass breakups on defense … Played in the 15th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl All-Star game … Two-time Tennessee Division 2-A Mr. Basketball winner (2015, 16) … As a junior, he was named Tennessee’s Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball in Division 2-A to become the first person in the first 31 years of both awards to win each in the same year … Rushed for an area-best 2,625 yards and 32 touchdowns … Averaged 10.9 yards per carry added five receiving TDs on 19 receptions … Rushed for 266 yards in the state title game against Northpoint … First of three straight seasons with over 1,000 yards rushing came as a sophomore in the form of 1,715 yards and 20 touchdowns … Became St. George’s all-time leading scorer in basketball during his senior season with 2,030 career points … Averaged 24.4 points, 6.5 assists and 2.8 steals per game … Shot 47.5 from the field and 3-point range, and 87 percent from the free-throw line … As a junior, averaged 24.6 points, five rebounds, three steals and 2.6 assists per game … Chose Arkansas over Michigan, Florida, Tennessee, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Illinois, Virginia, Purdue, Arizona and others.
Born on April 2, 1999 … Son of ChaToya and Aaron Hayden … Has two younger brothers: Dallan and Cullen … Father, Aaron, was running back at the University of Tennessee before being selected in the fourth round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers and played four seasons in the NFL … Undecided on a major.