|28 Josh Hawkins|
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
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
AP Photos: East Carolina at North Carolina
Has enjoyed amazing and rapid rise on defensive two-deep, now preparing for first full-time starting assignment in the Pirate secondary as the unit's top field cornerback to open the season ... Quick development, work ethic, intensity and athleticism have turned heads among the coaching staff during the last two years since earning initial roster position ... Moved from walk-on scout team status in 2011 to a firm two-deep standing as a top reserve before earning eventual starting designation as a junior in 2014 ... Could also play a key special teams role depending on final role in the defensive backfield ... Has experienced action in 25 career games with seven starts and recorded multiple stops on 12 occasions ... Picked off a pass (no return yards) and knocked down another during the first spring scrimmage (March 31) ... Booked three stops in second matchup a week later before topping all defenders with five tackles during the Purple-Gold Game on April 12 ... Excels in ECU's strength and conditioning program ... After being only one of 12 players to earn a rating of "excellent" in 2013, was honored with MVP status as the most improved performer among entire team in the spring of 2014 ... Increases were reflected in the bench press (335 pounds/+10), power clean (308/+7), push jerk (262/+7), 40-yard dash (4.38/+.07), vertical jump (39.5"/+2.0"), broad jump (11'0"/+9") and pro shuttle (4.01/+.06).
2013: Played in all 13 games and made four starts (Old Dominion, Florida Atlantic, Virginia Tech and Tulane) at the boundary corner position ... Colelcted 40 tackles (24 solo) ... Tied for fourth on the team with four pass breakups (1/ODU, 1/FAU, 1/TLN, 1/FIU) ... Third on the unit with 28 stops on pass plays ... Was one of 12 Pirates with an interception (FAU/26 yards) ... Booked at least one tackle in 10 games with a career-best 10 at Middle Tennessee ... Made multiple stops on seven occasions with five or more against ODU (8), FAU (6), VT (5) and MTSU (10) ... Teamed up with Derrell Johnson on a one-yard TFL against Hokies ... Added another half TFL at MTSU, once again teaming with Johnson ... Averaged 5.5 stops per game in his first six outings (1.0 tpg in last seven contests) ... Member of a defensive unit that held six of 12 opponents to 100 or less rushing yards and limited six opponents to 17 or fewer points.
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 season-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 ... A sport studies major.