December 18, 2006
Hawkins anxious to don the Black and Gold
No one is looking forward to spring practices more than Jonathan Hawkins.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound defensive back signed a letter of intent with the Buffaloes last February. But it was decided that he would greyshirt this fall in order to fully recover from a torn ACL, which he suffered as a senior at Rancho Verde High in Moreno Valley, Calif.
"I have been waiting a long time for this," Hawkins said when asked how anxious he is to join his future teammate. "I have been living in Colorado for the last four months taking two classes (English and Psychology) at Front Range Community College and working out on my own at 24 Hour Fitness.
"It has been kind of tough not being able to do the same things as everyone else. I was able to go to all of the home games but I was only able to go to a few meetings and I wasn't able to lift and workout with them.
"But in a way it has been a good experience because I have been able to get over the home sickness and get used to working out and running at elevation. My knee is also fully recovered now. I have been running and cutting. It feels good. I have been lifting to get the strength back in my legs.
"Now I'm ready to enroll at CU on January 16th and get going!"
Hawkins played both cornerback and safety at the high school level. "I see myself fitting in as a cornerback [at CU] but I could play both positions, I'll play wherever they need me," he said.
"Talking with some of the players on the team this season I realize that it is going to be totally different from high school," Hawkins added. "Everything is faster and everybody is good at the college level. So I know that I have to come in, work hard and bring my 'A' game every day."
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