Cody Hawkins
Hawkins in April 2007
Current position
TitleOffensive Coordinator
TeamUC Davis
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
Biographical details
Born (1988-03-24) March 24, 1988 (age 33)
Woodland, California
Playing career
2010Stockholm Mean Machines
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2014Ohio State (GA)
2015Portland (OR) Westview HS (AC)
2017–2020UC Davis (WR)
2021–presentUC Davis (OC/QB)
Cody Hawkins
Medal record
Men’s American football
Representing  United States
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2011 Austria Team Competition

Cody Norman Hawkins (born March 24, 1988) is a college football coach, and former college football player, a quarterback for the Colorado Buffaloes, and son of UC Davis head coach Dan Hawkins. He is the offensive coordinator for the Aggies program. Hawkins played quarterback professionally in Sweden in the Super Series for two seasons.

High school

Hawkins never lost playing football while growing up, going 59–0 since beginning in sixth grade.[1][2] He also lettered twice in basketball in high school.

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,[2] 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.[2]

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.[3] More colleges were not interested because of his small size.[3] He was an EA Sports Elite 11 quarterback (#4).[3][4]

Hawkins was on a reality show called ESPNU Summer House, located in the Lincoln Park district in Chicago in 2006.[2][5]

His father Dan was the head coach at Boise State and had offered him a scholarship to play there, which he accepted.[6] However, when his father switched jobs to be the head coach at Colorado, he again offered his son a scholarship to play there.[6] 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.[7] His father would later say, "I really didn’t know what he was going to do" about the surprise.[7]



Hawkins redshirted for 2006, and was selected for the Offensive Scout Award by his teammates for the season.[2]


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.[1][8] The decision was not made until two weeks before the first game of the season.[1][6]

This was the 20th time a coach would coach his own son at quarterback in NCAA Division I college football, the ninth son to be a starter.[2][4][8]

Hawkins led the team to a 6–7 record for 2007, including the Independence Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

He set the Colorado record for most pass attempts (424) and 2nd most completions (239).[9]


Hawkins was, according to some, not automatically a lock to be the starter for the 2008 season.[10] Aside from continuing competition from Nick Nelson, Matt Ballenger was coming off of his redshirt season.


After poor performances in the first four games of the 2009 season, Hawkins was replaced as the starter by Tyler Hansen on October 10 against Texas.


Colorado does not recognize bowl games as part of the statistics. However, the NCAA does and the information is available. His 2007 stats including the bowl game are available here.

Passing Rushing
Season G Att Com Int Pct. Yds TD Long Att Yds Avg. TD Long
2007[11] 12 424 239 15 56.4 2693 19 65 40 -11 -0.3 3 12
Totals 12 424 239 15 56.4 2693 19 65 40 -11 -0.3 3 12

After college

In 2011, Hawkins accepted an offer to play professionally for the Stockholm Mean Machines of the Sweden Super Series league.[12] He was also named the quarterback for the US national team for the 2011 IFAF World Cup and as the quarterbacks coach for the same team, serving under his father, in the 2015 IFAF World Cup. In 2017, he joined the UC Davis Aggies, again serving under his father, and was subsequently promoted to assistant director of football operations and recruiting.[13]


Hawkins is one of four siblings. His oldest sister, Ashley, lives in Portland, Oregon, and works for Nike, and his other sister, Britney is married to Tim Brady, who played at Boise State.[14] His younger brother Drew played football at Boise State.[15] Father Dan played collegiately at UC Davis as a fullback, and was named head coach at Colorado in December 2005.[16]


  1. ^ a b c Kyle Ringo (August 19, 2007). "Cody Hawkins named Buffs starter". Daily Retrieved March 14, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f John Henderson (August 19, 2007). "Walking a fine line at CU". The Denver Post. Retrieved March 14, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c "Cody Hawkins Profile". Retrieved March 14, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Vicki Michaelis (August 28, 2007). "Colorado's Hawkins also carries 'coach's kid' tag". Retrieved March 14, 2008.
  5. ^ "Hawkins to Star In Upcoming ESPNU Show". August 10, 2006. Retrieved March 14, 2008.
  6. ^ a b c Chadd Cripe (August 19, 2007). "Cody Hawkins named starter at Colorado". Idaho Statesman. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2008.
  7. ^ a b Mark Collins (February 1, 2006). "Hawkins Takes Dad By Surprise". Archived from the original on January 28, 2007. Retrieved March 14, 2008.
  8. ^ a b "When Dad is the coach: Dual roles can test tandem". August 19, 2007. Archived from the original on December 29, 2007. Retrieved March 14, 2008.
  9. ^ "Cody Hawkins, QB, Colorado - 2011 NFL Draft profile". November 26, 2007. Archived from the original on October 31, 2007. Retrieved March 14, 2008.
  10. ^ Kyle Ringo (March 4, 2008). "Spring football: Cody Hawkins no lock at QB". Archived from the original on September 5, 2008. Retrieved March 14, 2008.
  11. ^ "2007 Statistics" (PDF). 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 6, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2008.
  12. ^ "Cody Hawkins headed to Sweden for football". Denver Post. January 13, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
  13. ^ "Toler returns to Cal; Cody Hawkins elevated by Aggies". Davis Enterprise. January 12, 2018. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  14. ^ Kyle Ringo (September 30, 2007). "McKay's play on last Buff punt proves big". Daily Camera. Retrieved March 14, 2008.[dead link]
  15. ^ "Hawkins to join Boise St". Daily Camera. February 20, 2008. Archived from the original on September 6, 2008. Retrieved March 14, 2008.
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