On Hatala: Fourth-year veteran receiver who heads into his final season ... should battle for a starting position for a second straight season ... an agile and tough-minded receiver with very good speed who also is noted for being a relentless blocker … noted for his work ethic and practice habits, has earned the respect of all of his teammates.
1999: Starting wide receiver who appeared in nine games (eight starts) as a junior … missed late-season games vs. NC State and Florida State with a broken pinky finger on his right hand … finished fifth on the team in receptions (11) and first among regulars in yards per catch (22.7) … hauled in the longest touchdown reception of the season with a 76-yard catch vs. Western Carolina … had a season-high four catches for 91 yards vs. Clemson … had four carries for 23 net yards, including a 17-yard touchdown run vs. Duke.
1998: Appeared in all 11 games as a sophomore while finishing as the Terps' fifth-leading receiver … caught 10 balls for 94 yards … listed No. 2 on the depth chart, but shuttled in and out of the lineup all season with fellow sophomore Moises Cruz … three catches for 35 yards in season opener vs. James Madison … season-long reception of 24 yards on a third-down play at Virginia … had two catches against Clemson and Georgia Tech … carried the ball four times for 21 net yards … longest carry was a reverse that produced a 21-yard TD in final game vs. NC State … returned seven kickoffs for 121 yards and a 17.3-yard average.
1997: Appeared in all 11 games as a true freshman, catching 11 passes for 224 yards ... his average of 20.4 yards per catch was the best for Terps with at least 10 receptions ... had a season-high five receptions (for 64 yards) vs. Wake Forest ... his 129 yards receiving on three receptions vs. Duke was a Maryland freshman record and the most by a Terp receiver in 1997 ... had TD grabs vs. Duke and Wake Forest ... his TD reception vs. Duke was a 76-yarder from QB Brian Cummings on the Terps' opening play from scrimmage … third-leading kickoff return man with 11 returns for 233 yards and a 21.2-yard average.
High School: Graduated from Centreville High School in 1997 ... amassed more than 3,500 rushing yards (9.25 yards per carry) and 43 touchdowns for his career ... ran for 1,400 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior despite nursing an early hamstring injury ... totaled 61 receptions for a 19-yard average ... averaged a staggering 44 yards on kickoff returns and 26 yards on punt returns ... totaled more than 5,700 all-purpose yards during his career ... named the county co-Player of the Year as a junior ... selected all-region and all-district as a junior and all-district as a senior .... was rated the No. 3 running back prospect in the state by Tom Lemming and a top five running back prospect in the region by PrepStar.
Personal: Jason Alan Hatala … born Sept. 14, 1978 ... son of Sherry and Joseph Hatala ... majoring in communications … Maryland scholar-athlete in spring and fall 1998.
Receiving G-GS Rec Yds Avg TD LP 1997 11-0 11 224 20.4 2 76 1998 11-0 10 94 9.4 0 24 1999 9-8 11 250 22.7 1 76 Totals 31-8 32 568 17.8 3 76
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