He’s what you might refer to as a ‘company man.’
Senior wide receiver Daryle Hawkins will do whatever it is his coaches ask.
He’ll also play any position simply to contribute and notch a win for his team.
On the proverbial eve of the 2013 college football season, Hawkins has never been more prepared, or relaxed to join the country’s list of elite wide receivers.
While his stats aren’t among the nations best, ( 34 receptions for 330 yards – 5 touchdowns ) Hawkins has quietly become Oregon’s primary down field target because of his work ethic, preparation and lightening quick speed.
“I feel like I’m definitely thinking a lot faster for sure” Hawkins said this week when asked about his overall improvement on the field.
“So much of what I had to learn was outside the scheme of the offense and really understand what it is to be a receiver and how that applies within any offense. So much more is reacting to the defenders and dictating what I’m going to do to defenses myself. To up my efficiency I definitely had to improve on my technique and do everything full speed. I think I’m in a lot better shape than I’ve ever been before too.”
As for Saturday’s contest with Nicholls State, Hawkins beamed when he discussed putting on the pads and getting back onto the Autzen Stadium field in a real game.
Although the Colonels are an FCS school with only two wins in two years, Hawkins say’s the Ducks will approach this game like any other.
“We’re going to be physical like we always are” said Hawkins.
“We’re definitely going to come off the ball with a lot of speed. I know they’ll try and play off of us a little bit to respect the type of speed we have especially De’Anthony Thomas and B.J. Kelley,…me,…( I like to throw myself in there ),…Josh Huff,..all those guys. They’re definitely going to have to be honest in their coverage’s that’s for sure.”
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