BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- LSU's Blake Ferguson and Ole Miss' Mohamed Sanogo have been elected Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Southeastern Conference Football Leadership Council.
Ferguson and Sanogo were selected by a vote of their peers at a meeting of the Council held recently at the SEC offices in Birmingham. The pair will attend a portion of the Conference's Spring Meetings in May.
The Football Leadership Council is one of three components of the SEC Student-Athlete Leadership Council. The other two components are the Men's and Women's Basketball Leadership Councils. Student-Athlete Leadership Councils were introduced for the sports of football and men's and women's basketball, which, in addition to the conference's longstanding Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), provide student-athletes with additional opportunities to engage with campus leaders and conference office staff. The councils serve as a conduit of communication to the conference office on issues related to student-athlete experience and student-athlete wellness.
Ferguson, from Buford, Ga., recently completed his third season as LSU's long snapper. This marks the second consecutive year he will serve as the Chair of the SEC Football Leadership Council. Ferguson graduated in May 2018 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and is currently pursuing a master's degree in business administration. He represented the SEC on proposed governance rule changes under the NCAA's Division I autonomy process at the NCAA Convention earlier this year.
A native of Plano, Texas, Sanogo is in his first year as Ole Miss' representative on the Council. He started all 12 games at linebacker during the 2018 season and led the Rebels with 112 total tackles. He ranked third in the SEC with 9.3 tackles per game. Sanogo is a banking and finance major and was recently named to the 2018 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
During its recent meeting, the Council reviewed NCAA and SEC legislative items, discussed a number of topics submitted by members of the Council, and engaged with football officials on rules of the game and student-athlete/referee interaction.