Former Fresno State defensive tackle Del Hawkins returns to Fresno tonight for an Arena Football 2 football game. His Stockton Lighting team takes on the Central Valley Coyotes at 7:30 pm in Selland Arena. Hawkins plays defensive line, linebacker, fullback, and he's the Lightning's "disaster" quarterback, a testament to his versatility.
Hawkins was a defensive tackle at Fresno State from 1999-2003. His most productive season was in 2002, when he started seven games and had 33 tackles, including two sacks. He redshirted in 1999 and played in just two games as a freshman in 2000. In 2001 he played in all 14 games mostly on special teams, but filled in for injured starting defensive tackle Jason Stewart for four games. Ironically, Hawkins injury in the 2002 opener at Wisconsin paved the way for walk on true freshman Garrett McIntyre. McIntyre's great play cut into Hawkins' playing time in 2003, but Hawkins still finished with 25 tackles his senior year.