BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Feb. 17, 2020) -- Ole Miss' MoMo Sanogo and Tennessee's Alontae Taylor have been named Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Southeastern Conference Football Leadership Council.
Sanogo was elevated from his role as Vice Chair, while Taylor was selected by a vote of his peers at a meeting of the Council held recently at the SEC offices in Birmingham. The pair will attend a portion of the SEC Spring Meetings in May to meet with Conference leadership and provide feedback on SEC legislative proposals.
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.
A native of Plano, Texas, Sanogo is in his second 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 before he sustained a season-ending injury early in the 2019 season. Sanogo is a banking and finance major and has been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Taylor, a native of Manchester, Tenn., appeared in all 13 games this past season and started six in his sophomore year with the Vols. He finished the season with 33 tackles, one interception and three pass breakups. Taylor is a communications studies major, and he was recently named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
During its recent meeting, the Council met with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, 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.