On Hatchell: All-American linebacker who is one of the top players in the nation ... Tremendous tackler and athlete ... Great motor ... Starting strongside (SAM) linebacker ... Tremendous tackler who is in outstanding shape ... An explosive athlete with the ability to make great things happen ... Has a good combination of power and speed ... Decorated UMass Ironman along with since graduated John Hatchell as a star in the weightroom ... Breakout season as a sophomore earning Atlantic 10 second-team honors ... Honored as Team Most Improved Defensive Player in 2005.
As a redshirt junior in 2006: All-American and star-studded linebacker ... Don Hansen Football Gazette Second-Team All-American ... Atlantic 10 First-Team linebacker after also being a Preseason First-Team selection ... Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Northeast Region First-Team ... New England Football Writers All-Star Team ... Southern New Jersey Touchdown Club Player of the Year ... Bill Knight MVP winner as the player of the game in the New Hampshire-UMass game on Nov. 4 ... Once again led team in tackles with 134 on 59 solo stops and 75 assists (8.93 per game) ... Ranked fifth in the A-10 and 44th in the nation ... Fourth on team with 6.5 TFLs for 30 yards ... 140 career assisted tackles ranks 10th all-time at UMass ... 75 assisted tackles in 2006 ranks as seventh-best single-season in UMass history ... Led or tied UMass in tackles in 16 of last 26 games ... Has 10 career 10-tackle games, UMass 7-3 in those games ... Had 78 tackles over the last eight games (9.9 per game) with more than 10 in three of the eight games to end 2006 ... Racked up eight tackles in NCAA Final vs. Appalachian State (12/15) ... Posted seven tackles at #2 Montana (12/8) in NCAA Semifinal as UMass held Griz to 250 yards and 67 in second half ... Imitated his brother John with a game-sealing batted down pass in the final seconds on fourth-down as UMass beat #9 UNH (12/2) for the second time this season in NCAA Quarterfinal. Battling injured shin, made season-low four tackles, but made key play ... Tied for team-lead with eight tackles vs. Lafayette (11/25), also forced a fumble which Michael Meggett recovered to give UMass the ball at the Leopard 29-yard line ... Collected nine tackles vs. Hofstra (11/18), also forced and recovered a fumble and had a half-TFL ... Over three games from Oct. 28-Nov. 11, had 42 tackles (14.0 per game) ... Notched 12 tackles vs. #19 Maine (11/11) ... Picked up numerous honors after career-high 18 tackle game at #9 New Hampshire (11/4). Was named I-AA.org Weekly All-Star, honored as UMass Athlete of Week after being named game's Bill Knight MVP (Player of Game) ... Topped team with season-high 12 tackles at Northeastern (10/28), with 10 solo stops. Also had a TFL and pass break-up ... Second on team with nine tackles vs. Rhode Island (10/21) ... Tied for team-lead in tackles with nine at Towson (10/14), also recovered a fumble and had a TFL for three yards ... Racked up eight tackles vs. William & Mary (10/7) ... Four tackles, second-career sack and 1.5 TFL vs. Stony Brook (9/23) ... Team-high 10 tackles at Villanova (9/16), also forced a fumble recovered by his brother John and had two pass break-ups ... Made seven tackles at Navy (9/9) ... Led UMass in tackles in 2006 opener vs. Colgate (9/2) with nine along with a TFL for 11 yards.
As A Redshirt Sophomore In 2005: Atlantic 10 Second Team linebacker ... Named Team's Most Improved Defensive Player ... Starting strong-side (SAM) linebacker who racked up 107 tackles in his first year as a starter ... Led the team in tackles with 107 in 11 games (9.7) per game ... Ranked eighth in the Atlantic 10 in tackles ... Led or tied for lead on team in tackles in a game in 9 of 11 games ... Made 29 tackles over last two games of the season ... Had six games with 10 or more tackles ... Made team-high 13 tackles at Hofstra (11/19) along with first sack of the season ... Career-high and team season-high 16 tackles, seven solo at Army (11/12) ... Made six tackles at Delaware (11/5) tying for team lead ... Tied for team lead with 11 tackles vs. New Hampshire (10/29) ... Four tackles at Maine (10/22) ... Team-high 12 tackles and key forced fumble in the fourth quarter as part of win over No. 4 James Madison (10/15) holding Dukes to 157 yards ... Posted seven tackles, had 0.5 TFL and a pass break-up vs. Northeastern (10/8) ... Named Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 25 after 12 tackle game vs. Rhode Island (9/24) in helping UMass to hold Rams to 249 total yards. Also had 1.5 TFLs in the game ... Led UMass in tackles for second time vs. Albany (9/17) with eight (two solo) along with a 0.5 TFL ... In second game with seven tackles at Colgate (9/10), including five solo and 0.5 TFL for two yards ... Opened 2005 season with team-best 11 tackles at Richmond (9/1), that nearly tripled his total tackles (4) of 2004 when he played mostly on special teams ... Recovered from a torn ACL suffered in spring of 2005.
As A Redshirt Freshman In 2004: Game-By-Game Statistics
As A Freshman In 2003: Redshirted ... Selected as UMass' Outstanding Defensive Scout Team Player.
Before UMass: Played for coach Daniel Pidcock at Clearview Regional High School ... Three-year starter on both offense and defense ... Totaled 110 tackles during his senior season, including 66 solo stops ... Also rushed for 1,380 yards and 13 touchdowns on 217 carries at fullback, to set a school single season rushing record ... Earned All-Gloucester County and All-New Jersey Group 3 honors as a senior ... Also a member of the wrestling team at Clearview Regional, earning All-Tri County honors.
Personal: Jason Taylor Hatchell ... Born March 5, 1985, in Woodbury, N.J. ... Son of Heidi Dorsey and John Hatchell, Sr. ... Brother of John, Jr., Katie and Rebecca ... Brother, John, was a defensive lineman for the Minutemen from 2004-06 ... Majoring in Sport Management ... Maintained a blog on UMassAthletics.com chronicling spring football.
CAREER STATISTICS (Defense) Year GP UT AT TT Sacks TFL Int PBU 2004 8/0 3 1 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2005 11/11 43 64 107 1-7 4-13 0-0 1 2006 15/15 59 75 134 1-6 6.5-30 0-0 6 2007 13/13 49 66 115 0.5-3 7-16 2-11 8 Totals 47/39 154 206 360 2.5-16 17.5-59 2-11 15