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Cody Hawkins
Cody Hawkins before the 2007 spring game, April 14, 2007
Cody Hawkins before the 2007 spring game, April 14, 2007
College Colorado
Conference Big 12
Sport Football
Position Quarterback
Jersey # 7
Career 2007–present
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Nationality USA
Born March 24, 1988 (1988-03-24) (age 21)
Woodland, California
High school Bishop Kelly,
Boise, Idaho
Bowl games
2007 Independence - Colorado 24, Alabama 30

Cody Hawkins (born March 24, 1988 in Woodland, California) was the starting quarterback for the University of Colorado Buffaloes football team. He is the son of the head coach, Dan Hawkins. He was the starter for the 2007 season, earning the job over Nick Nelson, a junior college transfer. He redshirted his 2006 season.


High school

Hawkins never lost playing football while growing up, going 59–0 since beginning in sixth grade.[1][2] He also lettered twice in basketball in high school.

Hawkins led Bishop Kelly High School to back-to-back undefeated state championships. He was also a two-time Idaho Statesman All-Idaho Football Team Player of the Year. In 2005, he threw for 42 touchdowns and 2,783 yards with 5 interceptions,[2] earning him the 2005 Gatorade Idaho Player of the Year award. As a junior in 2004, he had 31 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.[2]

Hawkins was a highly touted prospect. He had official offers from Colorado, Boise State University, Brigham Young University, University of Oregon and University of Wisconsin–Madison but only made official visits to Boise State and Colorado.[3] More colleges were not interested because of his small size.[3] He was an EA Sports Elite 11 quarterback (#4).[3][4]

He was on a reality show called ESPNU Summer House, located in the Lincoln Park district in Chicago in 2006.[5][2]

His father was the head coach at Boise State and had offered him a scholarship to play there, which he accepted.[6] However, when his father switched jobs to be the head coach at Colorado, he again offered his son a scholarship to play there.[6] Cody Hawkins kept his decision on where to play until National Signing Day and even had signed both letters of intent (LOI). He surprised his father when he faxed in his LOI to Colorado, thus picking Colorado over Boise State.[7] His father would later say, "I really didn’t know what he was going to do" about the surprise.[7]




Hawkins redshirted for 2006. He was selected for the Offensive Scout Award by his teammates for the season.[2]


Heading in to the 2007 spring and fall practice, there was considerable discussion about who would be the starting quarterback for the season. The previous year's starter, Bernard Jackson, was still with the team, but was not considered the favorite to earn the position. Hawkins' competition, Nick Nelson, was a junior college transfer to the team. Because of the conflict of interest, his father had publicly stated he would leave the starting quarterback decision to the offensive coordinator, Mark Helfrich.[1][8] The decision was not made until two weeks before the first game of the season.[6][1]

This was the 20th time a coach would coach his own son at quarterback in NCAA Division I college football, the ninth son to be a starter.[2][8][4] There was only one time that someone claimed he was the starting quarterback because he was the head coach's son; Eric Cartman of South Park made the claim during the introduction of the team before the Nebraska game.[9]

Hawkins led the team to a 6–7 record for 2007, including the 2007 Independence Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

He set the Colorado record for most pass attempts (424) and 2nd most completions (239).[10]


Hawkins was, according to some, not automatically a lock to be the starter for the 2008 season.[11] Aside from continuing competition from Nick Nelson, Matt Ballenger was coming off of his redshirt season.


After poor performances in the first four games of the season, Hawkins was replaced as the starter by Tyler Hansen beginning with the October 10th game against Texas.


Colorado does not recognize bowl games as part of the statistics. However, the NCAA does and the information is available. His 2007 stats including the bowl game are available here.

Passing Rushing
Season G Att Com Int Pct. Yds TD Long Att Yds Avg. TD Long
2007[12] 12 424 239 15 56.4 2693 19 65 40 -11 -0.3 3 12
Totals 12 424 239 15 56.4 2693 19 65 40 -11 -0.3 3 12


He has not declared a major. He is one of four siblings. His oldest sister, Ashley lives in Portland, Oregon and works for Nike. He has a sister named Britney Brady, who is married to Tim Brady, who played for his father at Boise State.[13] He also has a brother named Drew who is playing football at Boise State.[14] His father, Dan, played collegiately at UC-Davis as a fullback, and was named head coach at Colorado in December 2005.[15]

See also

External links


  1. ^ a b c Kyle Ringo (2007-08-19). "Cody Hawkins named Buffs starter". Daily Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f John Henderson (2007-08-19). "Walking a fine line at CU". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  3. ^ a b c "Cody Hawkins Profile". Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  4. ^ a b Vicki Michaelis (2007 (198 days before access date)). "Colorado's Hawkins also carries 'coach's kid' tag". Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  5. ^ "Hawkins to Star In Upcoming ESPNU Show". 2006-08-10. Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  6. ^ a b c Chadd Cripe (2007-08-19). "Cody Hawkins named starter at Colorado". Idaho Statesman. Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  7. ^ a b Mark Collins (2006-02-01). "Hawkins Takes Dad By Surprise". Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  8. ^ a b "When Dad is the coach: Dual roles can test tandem". 2007-08-19. Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  9. ^ Paul Gattis (2007-12-27). "South Park, Cartman and Cody Hawkins". / The Huntsville Times. Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  10. ^ "Cody Hawkins, QB, Colorado - 2011 NFL Draft profile". 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  11. ^ Kyle Ringo (2008-03-04). "Spring football: Cody Hawkins no lock at QB". Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  12. ^ "2007 Statistics". 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  13. ^ Kyle Ringo (2007-09-30). "McKay's play on last Buff punt proves big". Daily Camera. Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
  14. ^ "Hawkins to join Boise St.". Daily Camera. 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2008-03-14.  
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Preceded by
Bernard Jackson
Colorado Buffaloes Starting Quarterback
Succeeded by


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