Sept. 27, 2000
By Rebecka McKinney
PULLMAN, Wash.--Captain, brother, mentor, Adam Hawkins brings it all to the field when he enters Martin Stadium. A senior running back and member of the special teams, Hawkins accentuates the importance family plays in his life.
Not only does he have his little brother playing with him for the first time since he began as a gridder, but he has his entire family's support and even sees Washington State University as a family away from home.
"I couldn't ask for anything better than my family, what they did for me growing up," the 5-10 redshirt senior said. "They're going to go to every away game this year, which is tough on them."
But this year, the Hawkins' will have two sons on the Cougar football roster. Hawkins' 5-6, 160-pound brother Blair has walked onto the football team as a freshman this season.
"I love it," Adam says about his little brother playing with him. "I've never got to play with him. Since I started to play in the fourth grade, he's always been just a couple of years behind me. But now with the red shirt I'm able to have him play with me."
Not only does the 215-pound senior have his brother and his family, but he also looks highly upon his experiences at WSU.
"I've been to a lot of different schools around the country and I remember coming here on my trip and looking around and seeing everyone say hi to you, it doesn't matter if they know you or not," Hawkins said. "It's a family atmosphere and that really means a lot to me."
In his fifth year with the program Hawkins has high expectations for the team, including the ever-present desire to reach a bowl game.
"We want to go to a bowl, want to do everything like that, but I think you have to break it down game by game, individual by individual and just play to the best of our ability, which we haven't shown yet," Hawkins said.
Sitting second on the depth chart at running back, Hawkins says he hopes to make the biggest impact on special teams. It was the special teams that produced the Cougars only touchdown against Stanford.
"Special teams is obviously very big for us. I would say my goal for the senior season is to excel on special teams," Hawkins said. "I think there's a lot more that's going into it and coaches not only here, but around the nation, are really starting to take notice that special teams can turn a game around."
But it wasn't special team play that Hawkins excelled in when the Cougars defeated Hawaii 22-14 to end the 1999 season. Rushing for 103 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner, Hawkins had his most productive game of the season as a running back.
"Everything just clicked for me, it felt like the game just slowed down," Hawkins said about his performance in Hawaii. "I was in complete control. Every time I touched the ball I knew that I was going to get 10, 12 or even more yards, I might even break it. It was something special for me that I haven't had a chance to feel in a long time."
Although game-time success is a key part of any football player's experience, Hawkins speaks highly of the Washington State University experience as well.
"You come in here a boy, not knowing a whole lot, an 18-year-old out of high school, and you leave here with not only a superb education, but so many experiences, memories and great friends," the Oregon native said. "The program's taught me so much, from discipline, education, being a man, being accountable for the things that you do, to taking responsibility and familiness."
management information systems (MIS) and marketing major, Hawkins hopes to end up in Colorado to work in the computer technology field. But before his time is up, he hopes to make the most of his nine games left in the Crimson and Gray.