The USC junior has emerged as a key leader on the 2016 Trojans.
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CAREER: He has 146 tackles, including 6.5 for losses (with a sack), 4 deflections, 2 fumble recoveries (1 for a TD), 2 forced fumbles and 3 interceptions in his career. He has 22 career starts (14 at free safety, 4 at strong safety and 4 at cornerback).
2017: The experienced Hawkins, the veteran of USC’s secondary, should again play a key role at safety as a senior in 2017.
2016: Hawkins saw significant action at strong safety as a junior in 2016. Overall in 2016 while appearing in all 13 games (starting 4 times, versus Alabama, Utah State, Stanford, Oregon), he had 44 tackles, including 4 for losses of 16 yards (with a 10-yard sack), plus 2 deflections and 2 forced fumbles. He made 2016 All-Pac-12 honorable mention. He was limited in 2016 spring practice while recovering from 2015 post-season ankle surgery.
He had 3 tackles against Alabama, then 8 tackles (1 for a loss) and a deflection against Utah State and 5 tackles (1 for a loss) and a forced fumble at Stanford. He had 3 tackles (with a sack) and a deflection against Arizona State, 2 tackles against Colorado, a team-high 5 tackles and a forced fumble at Arizona and 6 tackles versus California. He had 7 tackles against Oregon, then 2 tackles (1 for loss) at Washington and 1 tackle versus Notre Dame. He had 2 tackles against Penn State.
2015: Hawkins was moved from cornerback to free safety in 2015 spring practice and started there all of 2015 as a sophomore. Overall in 2015 while starting 14 times, he had 70 tackles (third on USC), including 1.5 for losses of 4 yards, plus 2 fumble recoveries (with a TD) and 2 interceptions. He had ankle surgery after the season.
He had 5 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery against Arkansas State, a tackle against Idaho and 7 tackles against Stanford. At Arizona State, he had 2 tackles and returned a fumble 94 yards for a TD. He had 7 tackles against Washington, 3 tackles at Notre Dame, 5 stops against Utah and a team-best 8 tackles at California. He had 6 tackles (0.5 for loss) against Arizona, 5 tackles at Colorado and 3 tackles and an end-zone interception at Oregon. He had 2 tackles against UCLA, then 8 tackles (1 for a loss) against Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game and 8 tackles versus Wisconsin.
2014: Hawkins started USC’s first 4 games (Fresno State, Stanford, Boston College, Arizona State) at cornerback, then served as a backup the rest of the season as a redshirt freshman in 2014. Overall in 2014 while appearing in 11 games (all but UCLA and Nebraska), he had 32 tackles, including 1 for a loss, plus 2 deflections and an interception.
He had 1 tackle against Fresno State, 6 stops at Stanford, 4 tackles and an interception at Boston College, 2 tackles against Oregon State, 5 tackles at Arizona, 9 tackles (1 for a loss) and 2 deflections against Colorado, a tackle at Utah, 2 tackles at Washington State and 2 stops against Notre Dame.
2013: Hawkins, who enrolled at USC in the spring of 2013 after graduating a semester early from high school, redshirted as a freshman cornerback in 2013, his first year at USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2012 honors included Prep Star All-American Dream Team, ESPN 150, Rivals 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 and All-CIF Inland Division as a senior cornerback and wide receiver in 2012 at Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High, which went 10-3. He had 56 tackles, 2 interceptions, 6 deflections, 1 forced fumble and 1 blocked field goal on defense in 2012 and 14 receptions for 193 yards (13.8 avg.) with 2 TDs on offense.
As a 2011 junior, he made All-CIF Inland Division as he had 32 tackles and 2 interceptions. Rancho Cucamonga went 11-2 in 2011.
PERSONAL: He is a policy, planning and development major at USC.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT CHRIS HAWKINS
Former USC and current NFL outside linebacker-safety Su’a Cravens: “He’s a natural safety. He knows how to read plays. He’s really good at understaning route concepts and diagnosing routes.”
GAME-BY-GAME WITH CHRIS HAWKINS