Following a breakout redshirt freshman season Louisville running back Javian Hawkins continues to pull in national honors.
The Football Writers Association of America has tabbed Hawkins as a First Team Freshman All American.
Hawkins finished seventh nationally in rushing with 1,520 yards and nine touchdowns in guiding the Cardinals to an 8-5 record after a 38-28 win over Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30.
The Titusville, Fla., native set the school record for most rushing yards by a running back, breaking Howard Stevens’ previous mark of 1,429 yards set in 1971. It was the third-most yards in a season at Louisville, behind quarterback Lamar Jackson’s 1,601 yards in 2017 and 1,571 in 2016.
Hawkins collected second team all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in December after finishing third in the league in rushing and tying for the league lead with eight 100-yard rushing games – the most in school history by a running back, and second-most behind Jackson’s school record of 10 set in 2017.
The 5-foot-9 running back started 12 games and grabbed ACC Rookie and Running Back of the Week honors twice during his first full season. He rushed for 233 yards – the second most in the ACC this season – in a win over Syracuse. It was the first 200-yard rushing game by a Cardinal since Lamar Jackson had 226 against Texas A&M on Dec. 30, 2015 and the most rushing yards by a Cardinal since Anthony Allen rushed for 275 against Middle Tennessee on Sept. 6, 2007.
The FWAA Freshman All-America Team is the most prestigious of the freshman All-America honors. A 13-person panel of nationally-prominent college football experts representing each of the FBS conferences along with independents selected the team.
Hawkins is the first Cardinal to collected FWAA Freshman All-America honors, which began in 2001, since offensive lineman Jake Smith was honored in 2011.
This is Hawkins second Freshman All American Honors. TheAthletic.com gave him the same honor last month.<