In the spring, defensive coordinator Don Brown mentioned Hawkins among a select group of players he considered the leaders on the defense. Now that the Wolverines are back in Ann Arbor and have resumed practice, Hawkins has been able to fully step into that role.
Many seniors have been left to grapple with a devastating fact: They might not ever get to go to a Michigan game as they knew it again. Their last time in the student section, at a fraternity tailgate with friends or making the trek to and from the Big House every Saturday may have already come and gone.
On the day the Michigan football team was supposed to kick off its season against Washington, several Wolverine players and parents instead gathered at Michigan Stadium to protest the season’s postponement.