2012 (Redshirt Junior): Played in all 11 games on the season as a reserve along the offensive line and most extensively on special teams.
2011 (Redshirt Sophomore): Played in six games as a reserve along the offensive front and on special teams.
2010 (Redshirt Freshman): Saw action in one game in his first collegiate season, making his debut in a home game against Chattanooga.
2009 (Freshman): Redshirted.
Prior to Western: Was a four-year letter winner, three-year starter and two-time All Northwestern 4-A Conference selection on the offensive line for head coach Mike Biggerstaff at East Burke HS ... As a senior, earned East Burke's "Best Blocker Award," after grading out to a 87.5-percent with 15 pancake blocks ... Garnered second team All-Piedmont accolades his junior season helping guide EBHS to a school-record 12 wins ... Also lettered in track & field as a junior.
Personal: Full name is Matthew Edward Hastings ... Is the son of the late Joel Hastings and Sarah Hoyle ... Has two older siblings; Adam, who was a three-year letter winner at The Citadel where he was named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll; and Anna who is a senior women's golfer at USC Upstate.