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#37 Karnell Hatcher
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 207 lbs.
Class: Sophomore
Experience: 1 Letter
City/State: Delray Beach, Fla.
High School: Atlantic Community HS
Major: General Studies
Born: 01/08/1990
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Karnell Hatcher Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 04/23/2012

CAREER
Played in 47 games with 15 starts  during his career with the Tigers ... Signed as a safety and played at that spot for three years before moving to linebacker for the 2011 season ... Started 12 games at safety and three at linebacker ... Finished career with 133 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and a pair of forced fumbles.

SENIOR SEASON (2011)
Played in 12 games with three starts ... Shifted to linebacker during the spring after three seasons at safety and split time at middle linebacker with Kevin Minter ... Registered 24 total tackles, three QB hurries and a pair of pass breakups ... Starts came against Northwestern State (1 tackle), Mississippi State (1 tackle), and Tennessee (3 tackles, 1 QB hurry) ... Had season-best five tackles in win over West Virginia ... Added four tackles in win over Auburn ... Missed Ole Miss and Western Kentucky games with an injury.

JUNIOR SEASON (2010)
Played in 12 games with 11 starts at safety ... Third on the team in tackles with 64 ... Finished the season with 1.5 tackles for a loss, two pass breakups and one forced fumble ... Led LSU in tackles at Arkansas and tied his career high for the second straight week with 10 stops ... Posted 10 tackles against Ole Miss and racked up a career-best 1.5 TFLs ... Posted nine tackles - six solo - and forced a fumble versus Alabama ... Recorded seven tackles, six solo, and one PBU against Auburn ... Tallied one PBU against West Virginia ... Missed the game against North Carolina and did not start versus Vanderbilt.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2009)
A strong safety who earned his first career start in the Tigers' regular-season finale against Arkansas ... Recorded nine tackles against the Razorbacks, including three unassisted and six assisted tackles from the strong safety position ... Played in all 13 games, finishing with 32 tackles and one tackle for an 8-yard loss ... Set a career-best with 10 tackles, including one for an 8-yard loss at Ole Miss ... Capped regular season by recording 19 total tackles in LSU's final two games ... Had three tackles in wins over Georgia and Louisiana Tech.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2008)
One of the Tigers' top special teams performers who also saw action in the secondary late in the season ... Played in 10 games as a true freshman with 13 tackles - one for a loss - and a forced fumble ... Had two special teams tackles and his first career forced fumble during LSU's remarkable fourth-quarter comeback against Troy ... Finished with two stops against Alabama ... Had one special teams tackle in games against Georgia and South Carolina ... Saw extensive action at free safety at Florida and recorded a career-high three tackles ... Tallied two tackles on special teams in his debut against Appalachian State ... Recorded his first career tackle for a loss of a yard in the Chick-fil-A Bowl win over Georgia Tech.

HIGH SCHOOL
Considered one of the top defensive prospects out of the Southeast ... Earned a spot on the ESPN 150 and the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... Considered the 18th best safety by Rivals.com ... A member of SuperPrep's All-Dixie team ... A Class 5A second team all-state selection as a senior ... A two-time member of the All-Palm Beach County team ... Missed most of his senior season with a bruised MCL ... Named to the Class 5A all-state third team as a junior ... Recorded 65 tackles as a junior in addition to his two interceptions, four fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal ... Picked off seven passes as a sophomore ... Was an all-district performer in both basketball and track ... Coached by Andre Thaddies.

PERSONAL
Full name is Karnell Jerard Hatcher ... Parents are Kenneth and Pokey Hatcher ... Has two siblings, Ladarius and Keona ... Born Jan. 8, 1980 ... Majoring in general studies.

CAREER HIGHS 
Total tackles: 10, three times (Last: at Arkansas, 2010)
Tackles for loss: 1.5 vs. Ole Miss, 2010 

HATCHER'S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS

Year

G-GS
UT
AT
TT
TFL
Sacks

PBU

QBH

INT

FF

FR

2008

10-0
8
5
13
1.0-1
0-0
0
0
0
1
0-0

2009

13-1
16
16
32
1.0-8
0-0
0
0
0
0
0-0

2010

12-11

36

28

64

1.5-6

0-0

2

0

0

1

0-0

2011

12-3

10

14

24

0-0

0-0

2

3

0

0

0-0

Totals

47-15
70
63
133
3.5-15
0-0

4

3

0

2

0-0

 

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