Cody Hawkins Joining Ohio State Staff as Graduate Assistant

By Kyle Rowland on January 15, 2014 at 7:26p

Former Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins is joining the Ohio State coaching staff as a graduate assistant. Hawkins told Jay Tust, the Sports Director at the NBC affiliate in Boise, that he will work with the wide receivers and quarterbacks. 

Hawkins, the son of former Boise State and Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins, started parts of three seasons for the Buffaloes. He led Colorado to the 2007 Independence Bowl, where it defeated Alabama. Hawkins, who was most recently the quarterback for the Stockholm Mean Machines of the Sweden Super Series, said he was surfing the Internet and discovered that Urban Meyer needed a GA. 

"Fortunately, I had his contact info," he said. 

Hawkins quarterbacked the gold medal-winning US national team at the 2011 IFAF World Cup.

This fills one of two offensive GA openings Ohio State has after Parker Fleming and Drew Mehringer left to join Everett Withers at James Madison. 

Source: @KTVBSportsGuy


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312Buckeye's picture

I thought Kenny G would be an offensive GA.  Surprise we didn't get someone with a higher profile than Cody Hawkins.  I'm sure that it is a desirable spot to be a GA working with Urban.

Jordan Wagner's picture

Hawkins was playing football overseas. Graduate assistants typically have little to no experience. Being a son of a former head coach and a D1 QB himself probably helped. He said he was offered a GA position at Boise State in the past. 

Kenny Guiton plans to try to make it in the NFL first. 

CptBuckeye24's picture

And GAs typically leave or their role changes after a year or two.

Go1Bucks's picture

Kenny G is going to be the steal draft of the NFL.  And he may well be a GA, but Im sure Urban told him to wait until after the draft.

Go Bucks!

CptBuckeye24's picture

It is possible he may not return to 2015.  Maybe give the NFL a shot and see what happens.

hetuck's picture

So does he get the orange, purple, or green shirt?

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mtrotb's picture

So does he get the orange, purple, or green shirt?
That is funny.  To follow up is he sending the real signals or the decoy?


312Buckeye's picture

Thanks for the info.  Are GA's limited to 1 or 2 years?  Don't most then go on to get a full time assistant's job afterwards?  Maybe his dad was a friend of Urban's.

popeurban's picture

Don't know if friend is the case, but I read on twitter that they do know each other well.

OSU BUCkS's picture

Wasn't Hawkins the quarterback at Colorado when they did the South Park introductions?

Bucks43201's picture

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Whoa Nellie's picture

Crap, man!  I surf the Internet all the time and I NEVER catch good stuff like a job at TOSU!
Welcome, Cody. 

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osubuck57's picture

Cody coaching Braxton??? How good was Cody in college?? Don't remember hearing much about him other than he went to Colorado. Not being a hater, just wonder how he can help braxton get better and if this is a good hire. I know it's only a GA position but....


CarolinaBuck's picture

I doubt he will have much one on one coaching with any of the QB's unless it's at the direction of either Urban or Mensa. GA's are usually are in a support role for the coaches doing all of the little things they don't like to do.

osubuck57's picture

Thanks Carolina. Just shows my ignorance when it comes to knowing what exactly GAs do.


Poison nuts's picture

Yeah, like Carolina said, GAs are little more than gophers & support guys. Tom Herman will still be coaching Braxton.

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BuckRock's picture

Did Tom Herman ever play QB at D1?

BassDropper's picture

GA's don't do much "coaching" so I wouldn't worry about him coaching Braxton. He's mostly going to be charting plays and such. This wouldn't be as big of a story if it wasn't a former name a lot of college football fans will remember. Unless it's another familiar name, I doubt the 2nd GA who is hired will get his own buckshot. No disrespect to whoever it may be, but they have very little to no impact on winning games.


CPDenn's picture

Went to about 10-15 games during the Hawkins era at CU. :(. Bad times, man. Bad times.

AndyVance's picture

For those who are reading this news a little, shall we say -critically-, you might look at our other grad assistants... They are not all former superstars, but are guys who have a background in the sport and appear to have an interest in learning the coaching profession.

cdub4's picture

Exactly. I think people are thinking way too hard about this hire. It is an entry level position. Learning the ropes of coaching. Grunt work. Urban Meyer's first job in college was also an OSU GA, but it wasn't like he was calling plays or coaching qb's in 1987.

PittBuckeye's picture

Does he have any connection to OSU?

buckeyes1934's picture

You guys are wrong talking about GA's. The GA last year who worked with the QB's directly coached Braxton on the sidelines during games. With Herman up in the box, Brax had to talk to the GA after every drive. Yes, GA's do the grunt work for the coaches, but most (if not all) have a substantial amount of football knowledge. The assistant coaches cannot coach every individual during the week, so you'll often see the GA, or intern coach the players on a 1-on-1 basis.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Colorado QBs have been known to cause extreme pain and anguish in TSUN:


OSUBias's picture

If our season becomes a success or failure because of our GA's, something has gone horribly wrong was the rest of the coaching staff. I'm sure the kid will be fine.

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Earle's picture

Agreed.  They could have Screamin' Jay Hawkins as a GA, and as long as he didn't screw up the coffee order, the Bucks would be OK.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

His wizardry with spells, however, could be put into use.
Yes, I think we need to remind ourselves that Hawkins will probably spend as much time retrieving Starbucks as he will guiding Buck stars during his stay.

fanfarris's picture

Please excuse my ignorance ..But what does the GA  exactly do and how much money they get ??


OSUEXT's picture

GAs basically do whatever they are asked, they are support staff that do some coaching, administrative, and miscellaneous works. 
GAs are given a full stipend (not sure how much exactly my guess between 20k and 30k), and get the graduate work they do free. 

mtrotb's picture

Withers hired the 2 offensive guys who were GA's this year to be regular coaches at James Madison.


BoFuquel's picture

Welcome aboard Cody, best of luck to you. GO BUCKS!

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