|High School:||Rancho Verde|
AT COLORADO: 2011 (Sr.)—He played in eight games, including four on defense and one start (at left cornerback against Oregon). He was in for 61 snaps from scrimmage, posting two solo tackles on the year; he saw his most action at Washington, where he was in for 32 plays (one tackle); his other stop came against Oregon (15 plays); otherwise, he was in for seven plays against both Stanford and Arizona. He missed the last six spring practices after suffering a concussion in drills on March 31.
2010 (Jr.)—He saw action in all 12 games and in nine on defense, including his first career start which came against Texas Tech (as the nickel back). In 200 plays from scrimmage, he recorded 15 tackles (10 solo, two third down stops, one for a loss), adding a quarterback chasedown (near-sack) and a pass deflection. He made his first career interception against Hawai'i (in the fourth quarter), when he played a career-high 41 snaps at the time. He exceeded that count in his start, seeing action for 63 plays in the Texas Tech game, posting a career-high six tackles (four solo). He had his tackle for loss in that game, a 3-yard stuff of tailback Eric Stephens on third down that did force TTU’s game-winning field goal try to come from 36 yards with 2:08 remaining. He tied for ninth in special team points with 10, on the strength of six solo tackles, two inside-the-20, a first downfield credit that altered the return path and a caused penalty. He had eight tackles, six solo, and two third down stops in the three main spring scrimmages.
2009 (Soph.)—He saw action in the last five games of the season, all on special teams; he earned five special team points on the strength of three tackles, two solo and one inside-the-20, and a knockdown block on return unit duty.
2008 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in nine games on special teams, and in one on defense (Eastern Washington; he was in for three snaps, no stats recorded). He had a wedge break on kickoff return coverage on special teams.
2007 (Fr.)—Redshirted; practiced the entire fall in the secondary. He enrolled at Colorado in January, as he was a gray-shirt from the 2006 recruiting class, and thus participated in spring drills. He relocated to Boulder the previous fall and worked a part-time job.
HIGH SCHOOL—A PrepStar All-West team member, as he was one of 35 defensive backs named to the squad. As a senior, he earned first-team all-Southwest Conference honors, in addition to being designated as one of the top 25 cornerbacks in Southern California (as selected by the Los Angeles Times). He played safety most of the time, although he played some games at cornerback, depending on the opposition’s personnel. He totaled 90 tackles, six for losses including one quarterback sack, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and five passes broken up. He also started one game at running back, gaining 80 yards on the ground. As a junior—in his first year playing football—he was named second-team all-league, as he recorded 60 tackles, six for losses with three sacks, five forced fumbles, one interception and eight passes broken up. Top career games included 12 total tackles and two passes broken up in a 24-12 loss to Temecula Valley as a senior; in a 24-21 win over Murrieta, he had an interception, six tackles and two pass deflections, also as a senior; and as a junior, his best game came in a loss against Arroyo Valley, when he recorded 12 tackles and an interception. Under coach Pete Duffy, Rancho Verde was 4-6 his senior tear and 5-5 his junior season. He also lettered four times in basketball (guard) and in track; he advanced to the CIF Finals in the triple jump and long jump, earning third-team All-State honors as a junior.
ACADEMICS—He graduated with a B.A. degree in Sociology with a second major in Ethnic Studies in December 2011. He owned a 3.8 grade point average in high school, was named his school’s Academic Player of the Year as a senior and was on the honor roll his freshman through senior years.
PERSONAL—Born March 9, 1988 in Harbor City, Calif. Hobbies include a love to dance and he considers himself very artistic (drawing). An uncle, Joe Caldwell, played for the ABA Carolina Cougars/Spirits of St. Louis in the early 1970s. As a senior, he won first place in an AVID writing competition. Every student in Riverside County had to write a paper on segregation in the school system and Hawkins’ paper was chosen over all of them.
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ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Interception Return Yards: 1-0, 0.0 avg. (2010). Special Team Tackles: 2,1—3 (2009); 6,0-6 (2010).