01/18/2014 - PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES AT THE SHRINE GAME: 6. WR Matt Hazel, Coastal Carolina (6-1, 196, 4.53, #84)...With Notre Dame's T.J. Jones pulling out of this week due to an injury, Hazel stepped up and separated himself as the top wide receiver in attendance. He displayed smooth routes, long strides and caught everything thrown his way throughout practice. Hazel, who also scored a touchdown in the game, was very productive throughout his college career and his skill-set translates well to the NFL level despite lacking elite size/speed for the position. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/13/2014 - 2014 Shrine Game: Monday Practice Report...With Notre Dame's T.J. Jones out due to injury, the top receiver spot in this all-star game is up for grabs. And the two receivers who are the favorites in my eyes to separate themselves as the cream of the crop are San Jose State's Chandler Jones (West Team) and Coastal Carolina's Matt Hazel (East Team). Jones has explosive feet to run crisp routes and caught everything with his hands on Monday. Hazel showed tremendous adjustments to the ball and reeled in every ball thrown his way as well. Both are players to watch this week at the wide receiver position. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/31/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG SOUTH FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): WR - Matt Hazel, Sr., Coastal Carolina,...Hazel (North Augusta, S.C.) earns his third All-Big South honor and second consecutive first team honor. The 2013 preseason Big South Player of the Year became the CCU all-time leader in receptions this season and ranks 16th among active FCS players in the category (168) while ranking seventh among active FCS players in career TD receptions (25) and 12th in career receiving yards (2,380).
Hazel ranks second in the league in receptions (55, 56th FCS) and receiving yards (817, 53rd) while ranking fourth in receiving TDs (6, 62nd FCS). His 817 yards to date is second on the CCU single-season list. In Big South games he averaged a league-best 97.8 receiving yards per game and ranks second with 6.2 receptions per game. - Coastal Carolina football
09/07/2013 - Tyrell Blanks recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown with 8:25 left in the game and Coastal Carolina held on to beat Furman 35-28 on Saturday night. The score by Blanks opened up a 14-point lead for CCU (2-0), but the Chanticleers would need more heroics to hold off Furman. Ryan Culbreath's 14-yard touchdown reception with 3:54 brought the score to 35-28 and, following the ensuing kickoff, Furman (0-2) forced a three-and-out from CCU to regain possession at its own 30 with 2:47 remaining.
CCU linebacker Quinn Backus knocked down a fourth-and-20 pass from Reese Hannon, intended for Andrej Suttles, to seal the victory. Matt Hazel caught six passes for 77 yards and added a 24-yard rushing touchdown to lead the CCU offense. Furman's Hank McCloud carried the ball 21 times for 133 yards and a touchdown in the loss. - AP Sports
08/01/2013 - 2013 BIG SOUTH PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): WR - Matt Hazel, Coastal Carolina - Sr.,...Hazel, a two-time All-Big South selection, tied Jerome Simpson's CCU single-season record with 61 receptions last season. Making the feat more impressive is the fact that teammates Mastromatteo and DeMario Bennett added 47 and 43 catches, respectively, which rank third and fourth on the CCU single-season list. Hazel tallied 799 receiving yards, which ranks second on the CCU single-season list.
He ranked third in the Big South in receptions per game (4.69) - 80th in the NCAA - and in receiving yards per game (61.46) - 77th in the NCAA. Hazel's best game last season came on CCU's biggest stage, catching nine passes for 155 yards, which ranks third on the CCU single-game list, and two touchdowns at Old Dominion. In three seasons, Hazel ranks second on the CCU career lists for receptions (113), receiving yards (1563) and touchdown receptions (19) and needs 49 receptions to surpass Simpson (161) as the school's all-time leader. - Coastal Carolina football
07/25/2013 - 2013 BIG SOUTH PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Matt Hazel, Sr., WR, North Augusta, S.C.,...Hazel is just the second wide receiver to receive the Conference's preseason honor. A two-time All-Big South pick, Hazel was a First-Team honoree in 2012 and a Second-Team selection in 2011. Last season, he tied the Coastal Carolina single-season record with 61 receptions despite having two teammates each with more than 40 catches as well. He finished with 799 receiving yards (second on the CCU all-time list) and eight touchdowns. His eight TD catches were second in the Big South last season, while his total receptions, receiving yards and receiving yards per catch (13.1) ranked third among the League leaders.
Hazel excelled in the FCS Playoffs, as he totaled 12 catches for 184 yards and three scores in two postseason games -- including nine receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns in the second round loss at Old Dominion. He caught at least six passes in a game five times, had two multi-TD catch games and enters the 2013 season as the Big South's active career leader with 113 receptions (19th in League history), 1,563 receiving yards (21st) and 19 touchdowns (tied for 7th among receivers). Hazel is also among the wide receivers on the 2013 College Football Performance Awards Watch List.
Hazel, who is Coastal's first Big South Preseason Offensive Player of the Year honoree since former wide receiver Jerome Simpson in 2007, received seven first-place votes and 20 total points in the voting, ahead of Liberty quarterback Josh Woodrum (five first-place votes, 15 points) and Gardner-Webb quarterback Lucas Beatty (three first-place votes and 10 points). - Big South football
07/25/2013 - For the first time since the 2006 season, defending Conference co-champion Coastal Carolina University has been tabbed the favorite in the Big South Conference's annual preseason football poll for the 2013 campaign, as voted by the League's head coaches and media panel and announced today at the 2013 Big South Conference Football Kickoff Media Luncheon at the Charlotte Plaza Uptown Hotel in Charlotte, N.C.
The Chanticleers, which became the first team in Conference history with its third FCS Playoff appearance last season, enter the 2013 campaign with 50 letterwinners returning, including 22 starters. Second-year head coach Joe Moglia's squad will look to capitalize on last year's 8-5 overall record and 5-1 Conference mark to receive the Big South's automatic bid to the postseason. Coastal Carolina, which is ranked No. 15 by Lindy's, received nine of 15 first-place votes cast and 84 total points to win the Big South football championship this season. 2013 Preseason Poll (first-place votes): 1. Coastal Carolina (9) -- 84...2. Liberty (6) -- 80...3. Gardner-Webb -- 58...4. Charleston Southern -- 39...T-5. VMI -- 27...T-5. Presbyterian -- 27. - Big South football