Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
Big-Play Offense, Turnover-Producing Defense Highlight First Scrimmage
Pirates Keep Preparation Efforts On Course For Saturday's Scrimmage
AP Photos: East Carolina at North Carolina
A developing talent whose physical abilities continue to turn heads during climb up the secondary depth chart in just two full seasons in the East Carolina program ... Moved from walk-on scout team status in 2011 to a firm two-deep standing as a top reserve at the boundary cornerback position after spring drills, but coaches still expect a battle with Detric Allen for the top job to continue into the season ... Could also play a key special teams role on many units for a second-straight year ... Registered one tackle during each of the three spring scrimmages (April 6, April 13 and April 20) ... One of only 12 players to earn an "excellent" rating in ECU's strength and conditioning testing period ... In addition to a broad jump of 123", which ranks among the best in the program, turned in a vertical leap 37.5", a 40 time of 4.45, a pro shuttle clip of 4.08 and a power clean of 301 pounds.
2012: Played in 12 games and made three starts (USM, UNC, UTEP) at the boundary corner slot as a redshirt freshman ... Tallied 13 total stops (six solo) ... Eight of 13 tackles were on running plays ... Booked a career-high five hits (four assists) vs. the Miners ... In first collegiate start at Southern Miss in the C-USA opener, registered four tackles (two solo) with one TFL (-1 yard) ... One of eight defenders to pick off a pass ... Netted pass theft vs. Golden Eagles and added a two-yard return ... Recorded three pass breakups (USM, UTEP, UCF) ... Booked three tackles (two solo) at North Carolina ... Posted multiple stops on three occasions ... Recorded solo stop in a reserve role against Memphis.
2011: Earned position on ECU roster as a walk-on ... Was redshirted as a true freshman, but turned in notable contributions on the scout team according to coaches.
High School: Named the Triad Sports Weekly Forsythe County Offensive Player-of-the-Year following standout senior year at Glenn High School ... Also tabbed the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year and a first-team running back in 2010 ... Rushed for a county-high 1,612 yards and contributed 20 touchdowns on 222 carries in final season ... Averaged 7.3 yards per attempt during final year at GHS ... Helped the Bobcats to a trio of victories and a spot in the 2010 North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A playoffs before suffering a 49-21 setback to Ragsdale in the opening round of the tournament ... Part of an offensive unit that topped the 40-point plateau three times in 12 games ... In a 26-18 victory over Parkland (and current Pirate teammate Chris Hairston) in October of 2010, rushed for 181 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries - an average of 9.1 yards per attempt ... Later that month, broke loose for 222 yards in leading the Bobcats to a 50-35 upset of High Point Central, which was the state's seventh-ranked squad entering the contest ... Prior to the playoff defeat, prevented Ragsdale from clinching the Piedmont Triad 4A conference title with a four-touchdown performance as Glenn topped the state's No. 2 squad 36-15 ... Scored on TD runs of four, three, 83 and eight yards, and tallied 167 total rushing yards against the Tigers ... As a junior in 2009, rushed for 1,828 yards and 17 touchdowns while also serving as a starting safety ... Against North Davidson in 2009 season opener, scored all three touchdowns for GHS and sealed a 19-14 victory with an interception on the final drive ... Named to the Winston-Salem Journal's All-Northwest Team in 2009 and 2010 ... Selected to play in the East-West All-Star Game in Greensboro in July of 2011 ... Played for head coach Bobby Aldine Payne as a senior and Dick Cline previously.
Personal: Full name is Joshua Rashard Hawkins ... Intended major is sport studies.