Friday, May 25, 2012

99 Barry Hawkins

Hometown: Marietta, OH

Career: 1991-1994

Record: 29-16-2, Bowl Record: 0-2

A big run-stuffer, Hawkins anchored a defensive line that won 29 games over his  four year career, including that prolific 1993 team that won 11 games. Hawkins racked up 208 tackles and 16 sacks in his WVU career. Hawkins was a second team All-Big East selection in 1993 and first team All-Big East in 1994 for Coach Don Nehlen’s squad.

Memorable Game: Hawkins best total performance came in the 1992 edition of the Battle for the Black Diamond Trophy. That day Hawkins recorded a career high 7 solo tackles and 10 total tackles. Barry’s performance help the Mountaineers hold the Hokie rushing game to 86 yards en-route to a 16-7 WVU road win. The win moved West Virginia's record to 3-0-1 on the season.

Competition: Ernest Hunter, Calvin Turner, and Jeff Lucas were some of the other notables to also wear #99 at WVU. At the end of the day, I chose Barry Hawkins due to his impressive stats and All-Conference nods.

Teaser: Next up in our countdown is the first of 7 current players to appear in our march to the season opener, Friends of Coal Bowl. Only 99 days until kick-off! Are you serious Clark?

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