Hoo Preview ’08: The Hawk’s Nest

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The Hawk’s Nest

With Ahmad Hawkins

Hawkins plays professionally for the Grand Rapids Rampage in the Arena Football League. In his first year with the Rampage, he led the team in tackles with 97.5 on the season, including 86 solo stops. He also recorded 6 INTs and scored 1 TD. The team reached the conference championship game. In 2007, he earned Defensive Player of the Year honors from the AFL Writers Association thanks to an oustanding season. While playing for the Nashville Kats, he tied an AFL record with 13 interceptions, including two that he returned for touchdowns. In the end, 12 of the picks led to points (9 TDs, 2 TD returns, 1 FG) for the Kats. Hawkins, a first-team All-AFL selection at defensive back, finished with 65 tackles, 13 interceptions, 6 pass break-ups, and 3 fumble recoveries.

Hawkins played from 1997-2000 at Virginia where he played both receiver and defensive back He had a team-high 4 INTs in 2000 and is legendary in Hoo circles for the go-ahead touchdown catch in the 1998 comeback win at Virginia Tech. His “Hawk’s Nest” column will appear game week Wednesdays on TheSabre.com.

The time has come for another great season of college football and what better place to be than in Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia Cavaliers. The Cavs will be looking to build off the great season they had in 2007 where they finished with a 9-4 record while also posting an impressive 6-2 record in conference play.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Cavaliers are excited about the return of All-ACC wide receiver Kevin Ogletree , who missed last season with a knee injury. The return of Ogletree is important because starting quarterback Jameel Sewell will have to miss the 2008 season because due to poor academics. Peter Lalich looks