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Boise State Roster Countdown 2021: Day 61, Brandon Hawkins

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl - TCU v Boise State Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

As the local heatwave keeps melting popsicles and our will to live, today’s countdown soldiers on. Although he’s been featured in the countdown multiple times, he has yet to land on the day of his jersey number. Welcome to Day #61 - WLB Brandon Hawkins (jersey #3)

#57, Brandon Hawkins, RS sophomore, WLB

Boise State University

Stats

Height: 6’ 2”

Weight: 215 (-4)

High School: Georgetown HS, Georgetown, TX

How’d he get to The Blue™?

He was the second Boise State commit (after Phillip Mills) for the class of 2018. Coming out of TX the linebacker had himself quite the productive career and offers.

Mr. Hawkins was a consensus three-star recruit among the three services, 247Sports, Rivals, and ESPN. Hawkins was a two-time team captain at Georgetown. He also was a human wrecking ball his senior year amassing 125 tackles, four sacks, two safeties, and a unanimous selection to the Texas All-District 19-5A First Team. So, he’s kind of good.

As for offers: Air Force, Army, Colorado State, Houston, Indiana, Navy, and Washington State. Those were just the notable ones.

Nickname

”Hawk”

Much like his GI Joe counterpart, Brandon runs this thing.

Look-alike

Our look-a-like machine spit out Channing Tatum as a top match, and honestly that feels better than constantly comparing him to Jared Goff.

Career highlights

Appeared in all 14 games for the Broncos in 2019. Registered a sack against Portland State. Two-time team captain. Academic All-Mountain West 2019, Mountain West Scholar Athlete 19-20, Boise State graduate with an Accounting degree and three years left to play. Appeared in 5 games during the 2020 season.

Unanimous selection to the Texas All-District 19-5A First team as a senior. Blocked two FGs and a punt, and forced two fumbles as a senior. Named First-Team Texas All-District 19-5A as a junior. Honorable Mention Academic All-State as a senior, and three-time academic all-district selection.

2021 Prospectus

It seems like things could be lining up for a Brandon Hawkins year. There’s still depth at the linebacker positions, what with Riley Whimpey, Zeke Noa, Brock Miller, DJ Schramm, and Tyler Visser filling out the rotation, but it’s not insurmountable. A new coaching staff could mix up expectations, but without the insight of fall camp and a healthy roster, it’s speculation at this point.

That said, Mr. Hawkins has been an exemplary leader on the team, and that kind of service does not go unrecognized. A multi-year veteran with great academics and three years of eligibility left sounds like every coach’s dream. OBNUG’s unqualified prediction is that Brandon becomes a solid contributor on rotation, and is seen in almost every game this season.

Oh, and two sacks. Just because.

Is he on Twitter?

Most definitely. He also recently retweeted a Fiesta Bowl highlight reel, so you know he bleeds blue.

Completely made up fact

While not related to former Boise State HC Dan Hawkins, Brandon has leaned into the name comparison by adopting Hawk’s mannerisms and catchphrases to help lead the team.