Former Ranger is NFL prospect

By De’Issac House

Texas senior left tackle and former NJCAA First Team All-American, Donald Hawkins, accepted an invitation to play in the Inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl on Jan. 11.

Hawkins is a former football player for Northwest.  He majored in health, physical education and recreation at Northwest and graduated in December of 2013 with a degree in applied learning and development/youth and community studies.

Hawkins suited up for the National squad and played under Chan Gailey, and wore No. 61.

During his two seasons at Texas, Hawkins played in 25 games, including 24 starts all at left tackle. After he transferred from Northwest, he earned first team All-Big 12 honors, as well second team accolades.

Hawkins helped the offense rank 36th nationally in rushing in 2013. He helped the Longhorns set a school record with 715 total yards, including 359 on the ground and 356 in the air, against New Mexico State.

The Horns did not allow a sack and averaged 8.5 yards per rush versus the Aggie defense. He aided the offense in posting 452 total yards, including 227 on the ground, vs. Kansas State.

The amount of total yards were most in 14 all-time meeting with the Wildcats. He received the Bevo Beast award (most productive o-lineman) from the coaching staff after the game.

He helped the offense post 445 total yards, including 255 rushing, and not allow a sack against Oklahoma. It was the fourth-best total offense output against the Sooners on series record and came against a defense ranked 9th in the FBS, allowing just 281.6 yards per game. He aided the offense in posting 415 yards of offense, including 187 on the ground, versus TCU which came into the game ranked 19th nationally in total defense and rated first in the Big 12 in rushing defense.

He helped the offense gain 418 total yards, including 221 on the ground, against Kansas. He helped the offense post 435 total yards and surrender just one sack in 49 pass attempts versus West Virginia. Hawkins started all 19 games at Northwest during the 2010-11 seasons and helped the Rangers to a 15-4 record and 10-2 record in north division play.

He was named first team all-state, Region 23 Lineman of the Year and a first team All-American as a sophomore.

An NFL prospect, Hawkins is projected as a 7th round selection by several mock draft. His stock may rise after his play in the Medal of Honor Bowl and the East-West Shrine game.

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