Four North Augusta athletes make All-Conference
For the second consecutive season, Matt Hazel garnered first-team honors in the Big South Conference.
Hazel, a senior wide receiver for Coastal Carolina, finished the season with 70 catches for 990 yards and nine touchdowns. The North Augusta graduate finished his career with the most catches in school history, surpassing NFL player Jerome Simpson’s record of 161 catches with 183 of his own.
“It’s an honor and a blessing to be named an All-Conference player,” Hazel said. “My goals were to win conference and make it to the playoffs coming into this season. Now, I’m going to be taking a little time off and get ready for training and the experience and journey on the way to the NFL.”
After leading his team to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs, Hazel is now turning his attention to the NFL Draft and playing at the highest level of football.
“I’m really excited, it’s always been a dream of mine to play a professional sport,” Hazel said. “From a training aspect, I just want to become a better route runner, get faster, stronger and more explosive, and grasp the mental aspect of the game even better.”
Jaylon Myers, a 2011 North Augusta graduate was named a National Junior College Athletic Association first-team All-American performer. Myers, a defensive back at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan., finished his sophomore season with 16 tackles and eight interceptions. He also broke up six passes. Myers is committed to play at West Virginia next season.
Another North Augusta grad, Trey Morgan, was named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team for his play at Western Carolina. In his first year, Morgan started 12 games for the Catamounts. He compiled 45 tackles, one for loss, and he broke up four passes, intercepted one and forced a fumble.
While he didn’t win a conference award, North Augusta grad Montez McGuire got to play in a national championship game. In his second year at Georgia Military College, McGuire caught and threw a pass for Georgia Military College in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Mississippi Bowl, which was won 52-32 by East Mississippi Community College.