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.
This weekend the Virginia Cavaliers will face the Virginia Tech Hokies at hostile Lane Stadium. The Hoos are trying to end their three-game losing streak in hopes of becoming bowl eligible. The Cavs will have to win at a place where they have not been victorious since 1998 if they want to have a chance at postseason play. The best thing about playing a rival is that records don’t matter because it is all about bragging rights for the kids from the state of Virginia.
One key to the game for the Cavaliers is to be able to adjust to the two quarterback system the Hokies have used over the past couple of weeks as well as last season. The Hokies essentially have two starting quarterbacks in Sean Glennon...
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