Javian Hawkins has finished his playing career at Louisville; the star running back will opt out for the remainder of the 2020 season and prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Hawkins currently leads the ACC in rushing yards per game (117.4), while averaging 6.2 yards per carry. Hawkins ranks third in the league with 822 total rushing yards. The All-ACC back broke the news on Twitter.
Thank You @vincetyra & @UofLPresNeeli for allowing me to showcase my talent here at big red! Toughest Decision I’ve had to make in a while, it has been nothing but a blessing and my heart will forever be here in Louisville ❤️🔴❤️#L1C4🥊 pic.twitter.com/YSQRuwsFdb
— hawK (@JavianHawkins) November 16, 2020
Over the last two seasons, the 5-foot-10 Hawkins emerged as one of the ACC’s most scintillating and reliable playmakers.
During his redshirt freshman season in 2019, Hawkins ran 1,525 yards and nine touchdowns — 117.3 yards per game, second most in the ACC. That season, Hawkins posted eight 100-yard rushing games, including seven performances with 120 or more yards — tied for sixth most in the FBS.
When Hawkins ran for 129 yards against Clemson, he snapped a 27-game streak of the Tigers not allowing a 100-yard rusher.
Following a surprisingly solid 2019 season — Scott Satterfield’s first with the program — expectations were high for Louisville in 2020. However, a challenging season amidst a global pandemic has hit Louisville hard.
After the loss in Charlottesville, Louisville is 2-6 overall; the team’s lone ACC win came against a rebuilding Florida State team in October.