Hasson A Defensive Headliner For 2013
March 12, 2013
By Mick Akers for UNLV Media Relations
Senior-to-be UNLV linebacker Tim Hasson(6-2, 215, SR-3L) has worked his way from a walk-on freshman to one of the Rebels' top defenders as he enters his final year with the team.
Even with the added security of a scholarship and a starting role, a now-veteran Hasson has kept the same drive that he had while fighting for playing time as a rookie.
"I still push as hard," Hasson, who is the team's leading returning tackler, said. "I have to make sure I don't top-off and that I keep getting better, while learning new things."
Coming off a 2012 season during which Hasson recorded career highs in total tackles (76), sacks (one) and interceptions (one), the 21-year-old is ready for the team to step up their effort on the field.
After three two-win finishes in a row, the Las Vegas product from Cimarron-Memorial High School hopes UNLV's 19 returning starters will help the Rebels win a lot more in 2013.
"We have to improve (the record). We've been very young but we all have experience now and it's time to play together and win."
Something that could aid UNLV in its pursuit of more victories is the addition of head coach Bobby Hauck's younger brother, former NFL player and assistant Tim Hauck, as defensive coordinator. Hasson is counting on the younger Hauck's experience to better his game this upcoming season.
"He (Tim Hauck) has a lot of experience from playing and coaching in the NFL. I'm already picking his brain a little bit, asking what he could do to better my game."
After football, the three-time Academic All-Mountain West honoree and his half-brother, junior Tajh Hasson(who also plays for the Rebels), hope to follow in their family's footsteps.
"I want to start a trucking business with my brother. My family has been in the trucking business for years and we hope to do the same"
A self-proclaimed sports fanatic, Hasson said there is hardly a time when he is not on the field or off when he is not doing something sports orientated.
"I love sports. I'm always playing different sports with my teammates or have on ESPN all day. We play Madden and NBA2k the basketball game all the time."
With spring ball in full swing and the 2013 season only about six months away, Hasson already has high hopes for the team in his final season.
"Everybody expects nothing less than a bowl game. We want to take UNLV football to the next level."