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Cody Hawkins
Player Profile:
Cody Hawkins 54956
Position: Quarterback
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 190
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Boise, Idaho
High School: Bishop Kelly
Experience: 1 Letter

AT COLORADO: Career Notes-He established all the major passing records in his CU career, most notably attempts (1,214), completions (667), yards (7,409), touchdown passes (60) and interceptions (41, 14 of which were on tipped balls); he was also second in total offense (7,250), first in touchdowns responsible for (67) and first in 200-yard passing games (21). He started 33 games at quarterback, tied for the third-most in CU annals (he was 13-20, the 13 wins tied him for 10th). He owned a 40-to-6 touchdown-to-interception ratio in the red zone (16-to-1 as a freshman, followed by 11-to-2, 7-to-2 and 6-to-1). He had solid numbers once reaching the opponent 40-yard line, completing 242-of-408 passes for 2,755 yards, with 53 touchdowns and 12 interceptions (153.0 rating). In his career, he had 203 throws hurried (19 intercepted, the rest incomplete); his passer rating was 115.8 overall, but 142.8 when not pressured. He is one of just two players along with Steve Vogel (1981-84) in CU history to start a game at quarterback in four different seasons.

2010 (Sr.)-He played in all 12 games, as he was the holder on the FG/PAT special teams unit, and saw action in seven games at quarterback, including the last five games of the year as the starter after Tyler Hansen suffered a ruptured spleen. He was the recipient of four postseason team awards, the biggest he shared with wide receiver Scotty McKnight as the two earned the inaugural Kordell Stewart Career Achievement Award, presented for outstanding career achievement as the pair set numerous passing and receiving records between them. He also earned the Hang Tough Award (for overcoming the most adversity), the Derek Singleton Award (for spirit, dedication and enthusiasm) and the Buffalo Heart Award (selected by the fans behind the bench for who they believe has best exemplified heart, grit, determination and desire during their CU career). He completed 124 of 231 passes for the year (53.7 percent), throwing for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns with just five interceptions; he was sacked a career-low four times and set career bests in yards per attempt (6.7) and per completion (12.5) as well as interception percentage (2.16). Over the course of a four-game span (Missouri, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Kansas) he threw 114 passes without an interception, the second longest streak in CU history (record is 139). He earned player of the week honors from both the Big 12 and the NFF/Colorado Chapter, as well as CU's player of the game and athlete-of-the-week honors, for his game against Iowa State: in a 34-14 win over the Cyclones, he completed 16-of-24 passes for 266 yards, three touchdowns, 11 first downs and his career-best 201.0 passer rating ... all just four days after his father was relieved of his duties as CU's head coach. He had four 200-yard passing games, topped by a 322-yard, 3-TD effort at Kansas. One of CU's four team co-captains, as selected by his teammates, and was the co-recipient of the Eddie Crowder Award, for the second straight year, for outstanding leadership during the spring.

2009 (Jr.)-He started the first five games of the season, and would appear in three others the rest of the way.  He completed 121-of-239 passes for 1,277 yards, with 10 touchdowns, 62 first downs and 11 interceptions; it was his third straight season throwing at least 10 TD passes, and he joined Kordell Stewart (1992-94) as the only two players in CU history to accomplish that feat.  He had three 200-yard games, topped by a 30-for-64 effort for 356 yards (and 4 TDs) at Toledo in week 2; he was 24-of-40 for 222 yards (1 TD/1 INT) in the opener against Colorado State, and 27-of-52 for 292 yards (2 TD/3 INT) at West Virginia.  He lost the starting job after a 38-14 loss at Texas, where he threw two interceptions, the second of which was returned for a third quarter touchdown that put the Longhorns ahead for good in the game.  He made brief appearances in the Kansas State and Iowa State games, but at Oklahoma State, he came in late in the first half and went 7-of-11 for 69 yards and a touchdown.  He engineered 75 total drives on the year, directing CU to 16 touchdowns and four field goals.  While he owned a passer rating of 100.1 for the year, inside the opponent 40 it was a gaudy 163.9.  One of the recipients of the team's Gold Group Commitment Award as selected by the coaches, as the honor recognizes excellence with class in a variety of areas.  He also earned the Tom McMahon Award for dedication and work ethic.  In the spring, the coaching staff selected him as the recipient of the Eddie Crowder Award for outstanding leadership, in which he completed 44-of-72 passes for 669 yards and 10 touchdowns (no interceptions, 185.0 rating) in the three main scrimmages. 

2008 (Soph.)-He started 10 games and played in all 12, and as with many quarterbacks, endured a bit of a sophomore slump.  He completed 183-of-320 passes for 1,892 yards, with 17 touchdowns against 10 interceptions; that computed to a 118.1 passer rating, largely hurt by the low average per attempt (5.9 yards).  While officially being credited with 57 rushing attempts for minus-23 yards, when the sacks and fumbled snaps were thrown out, he actually rushed a respectable 27 times for 148 yards (5.5 per) and three touchdowns (two versus CSU in the opener).  He led the team in first downs earned with 100 (11 rush, 89 pass), 51 of which came on third or fourth down plays.   He opened the season strong, completing 70-of-100 passes in the first three games and owned a 10-to-4 touchdown to interception ratio through game four.  He threw for over 200 yards four times, topped by 261 yards versus Eastern Washington and 249 against Nebraska.  He was the Colorado Chapter of the National Football Foundation state's player of the week as well as CU's athlete of the week for his game against Iowa State, when he rallied the Buffs to a 28-24 win; he completed 20-of-29 passes for 226 yards and four touchdowns for a 180.0 rating, all in the second half.  He was the recipient of the Derek Singleton Award for the second straight year as selected by his teammates, for spirit, dedication and enthusiasm. The coaches also honored him with the Gold Group Commitment Award, given to those players committed to all-around excellence.  He was named the starting quarterback for the fall shortly after spring ball by the coaching staff.  He had a solid and consistent spring, as in the three main scrimmages, he completed 42-of-70 passes for 523 yards, with six touchdowns against a single interception; his passer rating was 148.2.  He was the Iron Buffalo Award winner among the quarterbacks for hard work, dedication, toughness and total poundage for spring strength and conditioning. 

2007 (Fr.-RS)-He won the starting quarterback job and was named the starter midway through August drills, and starting all 13 games including the Independence Bowl.  He responded by setting every major CU freshman passing and total offense record (he set 13 records in all, and tied two others) and earned honorable mention Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News and collegefootballnews.com.  In defeating both Nebraska and Oklahoma, he became the first freshman quarterback to defeat both in the same season (only two other quarterbacks did it, and for a total of four times).  He was the recipient of the Derek Singleton Award, as selected by his teammates, for spirit, dedication and enthusiasm. He set freshman school records in passing yards (2,693), completions (239), attempts (424), touchdown passes (19) and interceptions (15); he was poised to set a single-season record in picks, but ended the regular season with 70 consecutive passes without throwing an interception (against four TDs).  The interception count was a bit skewed, as seven were by deflection.  As one of 16 freshman starting quarterbacks in the nation (8 at BCS schools) he recorded just the fifth 2,500-yard (or more) season in school history, tying for the third most for a season at CU.  Among those 16 frosh, he finished in the top five in seven major passing categories, most notably second in attempts and completions and fourth in yards and TD passes.   He also set a record for attempts in a season by any class while throwing the second most completions in any season.  His 19 touchdown passes were the fourth most in a single season (record: 22, Koy Detmer in 1996), while his 15 interceptions tied for the second most in a single year (record: 16, John Hessler in 1997, followed by 15, Joel Klatt 2004).  He had nine 200-yard passing games, tying the school record with six in a row at one point, with his season high his one 300-plus game, when he threw for 306 against Florida State.  He opened his career by throwing at least one touchdown pass in his first nine games, setting a record for the start of a career as well as tying the overall one for any point during the season.  He owned a 16-to-1 ratio of touchdowns to interceptions in the red zone, including the bowl game (2 TD, 0 INT); he completed 32-of-58 passes for 202 yards, converting 4-of-16 passing on third down, but 4-of-4 on fourth down.  He finished up with minus-11 rushing yards, mainly attributed to 97 yards lost in sacks; he also scored three TDs and had a long run of 12 yards.  He caught one pass for nine yards as well, showing his agility.  In the bowl game against Alabama, he completed 24-of-39 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns; the yards were the second most ever by a Buff in a bowl.  Including the bowl game, he finished the year ranked eighth in the Big 12 and 44th in the NCAA in yard per game (231.9), was ninth and 80th, respectively, in passing efficiency (119.8) and 10th and 50th in total offense (230.5 per game).  During the spring, he completed 24-of-41 passes for 314 passes (2 TD, 2 INT) in the four main scrimmages (in 11-on-11; in the spring game, he was also 15-of-23 for 182 yards and two scores in 7-on-7 drills).

2006 (Fr.)-Redshirted; did not see any game action.  Practiced the entire fall at quarterback, and was selected by his teammates for the Offensive Scout Award after the season.  He was one of six national incoming freshmen to be featured on ESPNU Summer House, a reality series that had the six spend one week living together in a house in the Lincoln Park district of Chicago.  The six engaged in various day-to-day competitive challenges and interacted with several sports celebrities. 

HIGH SCHOOL-A PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American, the latter of which ranked him as the No. 15 overall prospect in the Midlands and as the No. 13 quarterback nationally, he was the No. 4 rated quarterback following EA Sports Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in the summer of 2005 (as selected by camp coaches and participating college quarterbacks).  He was named to the EA Sports All-America second-team (which only selects 30 players per team, as he was one of just four QBs to make the first- or second-team).  The Gatorade Player of the Year for Idaho in 2005, Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 17 quarterback in the nation, as well as the top player in Idaho.  The Tacoma News-Tribune selected him as the No. 3 "Northwest Nugget," as the paper ranked the top 16 players annually in the Pacific Northwest, and also made the paper's prestigious Western 100 team.  He is also one of 50 finalists nationwide for the Old Spice Red Zone player of the year award.  His honors mirrored each other his junior and senior seasons, as he was a two-time first-team all state performer by the Idaho Statesman, which also selected him as the state's 4A player of the year.  He was first-team all-Southern Idaho Conference (SIC) both seasons, and was also the league's player of the year for both 2004 and 2005.  As a senior, he directed an offense that scored 607 points in 12 games (50.6 per), completing 72 percent of his passes (146-for-204) for 2,783 yards and 42 touchdowns-against just five interceptions.  He also rushed for around 200 yards with a touchdown, as he played in just the first half in seven games and in all four quarters only three times.  As a junior, he completed 147-of-229 passes for 2,558 yards and 31 touchdowns, with only eight interceptions, while rushing for 330 yards and four scores.  He had three pass plays over 90 yards in his career: 97 and 94 as a junior and another 94-yard effort as a senior.  Throw in three touchdown passes as a sophomore in spot second half duty (he split time between the junior varsity and the varsity), and he has a career touchdown-to-interception mark of 76-to-13, or almost 6-to-1.   Top games as a senior: in a 72-7 win over Nampa, he completed 16-of-19 passes for 326 yards and five touchdowns, with two rushes for 30 yards and a score, all in just the first half; in a 74-14 win over Vallivue, also in just one half, he was 10-of-12 for 189 yards and six touchdowns, again in just one half; and in a 34-0 win over Skyview, he was 14-of-16 for 319 yards and four scores.  He had three six and three five touchdown games in his prep career.  Bishop Kelly went 12-0 his junior and senior seasons, claiming the SIC and state championships both years under coach Tim Brennan.  Hawkins was a member of four title teams at BKHS (and was a team captain for all four), as the junior varsity team went 9-0 and were the district champs, and his freshman squad was 8-0, also claiming district honors.  He also lettered twice in basketball (shooting guard), averaging around six points per game as a senior (while shooting over 50 percent from three-point range). 

ACADEMICS-He graduated with a degree in Humanities from Colorado in December 2010. He earned second-team Academic All-Big 12 honors as a senior in 2010. He owned a 3.53 grade point average in high school, as he was a member of the honor roll his freshman through senior years as well as earning all-Southern Idaho Conference Academic team honors as both a junior and senior in football and basketball.

PERSONAL-Born March 24, 1988 in Woodland, Calif.  His hobbies include swimming, cliff jumping (into water), biking, rafting, most sports and music.  His father (Dan) played collegiately at UC-Davis (fullback), and was named head coach at Colorado in December 2005.  A cousin (Jamie Hawkins) finished her career in women's basketball team at the University of Oregon in 2006; a grandfather (Bob Hokanson) was an accomplished basketball player at the University of North Dakota and passed up a chance to play with the Minneapolis Lakers to become a teacher.  He is very active in both school and community work: he is the senior class treasurer and a member of Natural Helpers, a peer mediation group, he is a member of the campus ministry at school as well as Big Brothers & Sisters, he is on the leadership community for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and volunteered at a Boise soup kitchen with his mother (Misti).  Destiny? - he was named after the town of Cody, Wyo., which of course is named for Buffalo Bill Cody, and the first college campus he ever stepped on when he was growing up was CU on family trip through the state.  Including Pop Warner ball beginning in sixth grade through CU's 2007 season opener, his teams were 60-0 in games in which he started before he suffered his first defeat.

  Passing Rushing
Season G Att Com Int Pct. Yds TD Long Att Yds Avg. TD Long
2007 12 424 239 15 56.4 2,693 19 65 40 -11 -0.3 3


2008 12 320 183 10 57.2 1,892 17 68t 47 -23 -0.4 3 19
2009 8 239 121 11 50.6 1,277 10 44 15 -93 -6.2 1 12
2010 12 231 124 5 53.7 1,547 14 62t 9 -32 -3.6 0 9
Totals 44 1214 667 30 54.9 7,409 60 68t 111 -159 -1.4 7 19

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS— Receiving: 1-9, 9.0 avg. (2007); 0-7, (2010). Sacked/Yards Lost (34/248): 14/97 (2007), 20/151 (2008); 11/94 (2009); 4/42 (2010)

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