In his genes: Cody Hawkins takes football coaching job at Ohio State

bmurphy@idahostatesman.comJanuary 15, 2014 

Colorado Hawkins Fired

Colorado starting quarterback Cody Hawkins speaks at a news conference at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, where it was announced that his father Dan Hawkins was fired as head football coach. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

ED ANDRIESKI — AP

Cody Hawkins' mom always thought he'd end up as a football coach.

Mom always knows best.

Cody, the son of former Boise State and Colorado coach Dan Hawkins, began his college coaching career Monday as a graduate assistant at Ohio State. Hawkins was working for Nike before accepting an offer on Thursday from Ohio State and coach Urban Meyer.

"I did not have a whole lot of time to think. I didn't need to," said Hawkins, who played at Bishop Kelly and Colorado.

Hawkins will be working with offensive skill players, including quarterbacks and wide receivers. The Buckeyes, who played in the Orange Bowl earlier this month, are led by quarterback Braxton Miller.

"When he comes off, you hand him a bottle of water and a towel," Hawkins said of Miller. "He's a great talent. I'm sure Im going to learn a ton from him. He definitely doesn't need my help."

Hawkins is in Columbus to learn — and to help wherever he can.

"I'm excited to get my hands dirty," Hawkins said.

After ending his playing career in 2012, Hawkins spent a few months coaching at Bishop Kelly during the 2012 season.

"I've never had as much fun as I did coaching those kids at Bishop Kelly," he said.

But he took a job with Nike and has been working for apparel giant since. He had an opportunity to move up in the company before Meyer called offering him a spot at the bottom of the coaching game.

"Misti Hawkins was always convinced," Cody Hawkins said. "The passion for football never really leaves you."

Meyer offered the job Thursday. Hawkins loaded up his stuff Friday and drove from Miami to Columbus, Ohio. He's been sleeping on the floor with clothes as a pillow. He started work Monday at 7 a.m. His stuff is due to arrive soon.

"It's an appropriate start to a GA career," he said.

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