Louisville football: Running back Javian Hawkins could have record-setting day

Louisville football running back Javian Hawkins could be in line for a record-setting day on Saturday at NC State.

Regardless of Louisville football’s outcome on Saturday when the Cardinals travel to North Carolina State, one star player is in line to walk away with an achievement only three Cardinals have achieved this century.

Running back Javian Hawkins is only 22 yards away from being the first running back since Bilal Powell in 2010 to reach the 1,000-yard single season mark.

Hawkins, Louisville surprise lead back, has been on a tear this season, averaging 5.4 yards per carry, and has been possibly the best feature back the Cards have seen since Powell.

Hawkins has done so by performing much larger than his 5’9” frame would indicate. Though he was seen as more of a speed back by most coming into the season, he has proven to be one of the strongest players on the team pound-for-pound. Hawkins rarely is taken down by the first tackler, and he uses a variety of runs both outside and inside to get the job done.

Hawkins has become an elite every-down back, turning heads as one of the best freshmen in the ACC this season, seemingly in line to supplant Cam Akers and AJ Dillon as the conference’s signature tailback.

The opportunity is there for Hawkins to not only put the finishing touches on a very impressive season, but work his way up in the Louisville football record books. Hawkins needs to reach the 1,143 yard mark on the season in order to pass Michael Bush for 10th all-time in a single season in school history.

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All of that and more could be in store for the Cardinals’ dynamic back, who could be in line for one of the more epic careers for a Louisville player ever.

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