Monday, July 26, 2010

1993 JOGO #218 Manny Hazard

In my opinion, today's player is one of the most underrated and forgotten football players in University of Houston history, Emannuel "Manny" Hazard. He only played 2 seasons at UH, but one of those years was one of the greatest in NCAA history.

In 1989, he caught 142 passes. That was an NCAA record until last year when Bowling Green's Freddie Barnes caught 155 passes. Of course, Barnes took 13 games to do it while Hazard only took 11. So Manny caught 12.9 receptions per game while Barnes had 11.9 per game.

His name is all over the UH and NCAA record books.

NCAA records
#3 season TD receptions (22 in 1989)
#1 career catches per game (10.5)
#4 career yards per game (125.5)

UH records
Tied for #1 game receptions (19 twice)
#1 game receiving TDs (5 vs Baylor 1989)

#1 season receptions (142 in 1989)
#1 season yards receiving (1689 in 1989)
#1 season receiving TDs (22 in 1989)
#1 season TDs (22 in 1989)
#1 season points scored (134 in 1989)
Tied for #1 season 200 yard receiving games (2)

#3 career receptions (220)
#6 career receiving yards (2365)
#2 career receiving TDs (31)
Tied #4 career TDs (31)
#9 career scoring (192)
Tied for #1 career 200 yard receiving games (3)

He was co-captain of the 1990 team that went 10-1.

Manny was named 1st team All American in 1989 and 3rd team All American in 1990. We was 1st team All Southwest Conference in both 1989 and 1990 and he was named SWC Newcomer of the Year in 1989.

After his college career, he played several years in the Canadian Football League for the Birmingham Barracudas, Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Shreveport Pirates.

Today's card is the 1993 JOGO #218. These Canadian cards generally aren't as nice as their American counterparts (although they have improved over the years), but it is nice to have cards for members of our Cougar family, regardless of the league they're playing in.

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