Hawkins in April 2007
|Team||Portland (OR) Westview HS|
March 24, 1988|
|2010||Stockholm Mean Machines|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2014||Ohio State (GA)|
|2015–present||Porland (OR) Westview HS|
|Men’s American football|
|Representing United States|
|2011 Austria||Team Competition|
In Boise, Idaho, Hawkins led Bishop Kelly High School to back-to-back undefeated state championships. He was also a two-time Idaho Statesman All-Idaho Football Team Player of the Year. In 2005, he threw for 42 touchdowns and 2,783 yards with 5 interceptions, earning him the 2005 Gatorade Idaho Player of the Year award. As a junior in 2004, he had 31 touchdowns and 8 interceptions for the Knights.
Hawkins was a highly touted prospect, and had official offers from Colorado, Boise State, Brigham Young, Oregon, and Louisiana–Lafayette, but only made official visits to Boise State and Colorado. More colleges were not interested because of his small size. He was an EA Sports Elite 11 quarterback (#4).
His father Dan was the head coach at Boise State and had offered him a scholarship to play there, which he accepted. However, when his father switched jobs to be the head coach at Colorado, he again offered his son a scholarship to play there. Cody Hawkins kept his decision on where to play until National Signing Day and even had signed both letters of intent (LOI). He surprised his father when he faxed in his LOI to Colorado, thus picking Colorado over Boise State. His father would later say, "I really didn’t know what he was going to do" about the surprise.
Heading into spring and fall practices in 2007, there was considerable discussion about who would be the starting quarterback for the season. The previous year's starter, Bernard Jackson, was still with the team, but was not considered the favorite to earn the position. Hawkins' competition, Nick Nelson, was a junior college transfer to the team. Because of the conflict of interest, his father had publicly stated he would leave the starting quarterback decision to the offensive coordinator, Mark Helfrich. The decision was not made until two weeks before the first game of the season.
Hawkins was, according to some, not automatically a lock to be the starter for the 2008 season. Aside from continuing competition from Nick Nelson, Matt Ballenger was coming off of his redshirt season.
In 2011, Hawkins accepted an offer to play professionally for the Stockholm Mean Machines of the Sweden Super Series league. He was also named the quarterback for the US national team for the 2011 IFAF World Cup.
Hawkins is one of four siblings. His oldest sister, Ashley, lives in Portland, Oregon, and works for Nike. His other sister, Britney, is married to Tim Brady, who played for at Boise State. His younger brother Drew played football at Boise State, and his father Dan played collegiately at UC Davis as a fullback, and was named head coach at Colorado in December 2005.
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