BATESVILLE, Ark. – After finishing the year with over 1,000 yards in kickoff return yardage and ranking No. 1 in that category among NAIA kick returners, Lyon College sophomore Tre Hawkins was named the Central States Football League Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time in 2016, the league office announced Monday.
Hawkins, kick returner/defensive back from Houston, Texas, and a graduate of Eisenhower High School, captured the league's special team player of the week honor on September 5 and took the honor again this week after running back a kickoff a school-record 93 yards for a touchdown during Saturday's 70-38 season finale setback against Missouri Baptist University.
Hawkins finished the game averaging 38.3 yards on six kickoff returns. In addition to the return for a score, he also had returns of 20, 25, 26, 30 and 36 yards. He ran back one punt for seven yards.
After the regular season, Hawkins leads the nation in kickoff return yards (1,047) on 36 returns, marking the third Lyon player to go over the 1,000-yard mark this season. Michael Bowles broke his own team record for rushing yards in a season with 1,457 and quarterback Dwane Robinson went over the 1,000-yard mark passing on Saturday when he finished the year with 1,026 yards.
Hawkins also ranked eighth nationally in yards per kickoff return (29.1), 24th in total punt return yards (139) on 13 returns and 44th in all-purpose yards, with 1,134.
Lyon finished its second season after restarting the program with a 3-8 record, including a 2-4 mark in CSFL action.