Huck’s 10 Most Important Players – #10

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Huck’s 10 Most Important Players – #10

DaQuan Hawkins
DaQuan Hawkins
Photo: Greg Poole/Bulldawg Illustrated

The season is drawing closer and closer and I am taking a more in-depth look at the roster and the players that are most important to the Bulldogs success in 2016.  It was a very tough list to compile full of some very difficult decisions.  Without further ado let’s get into it with #10:
#10 – DaQuan Hawkins
On the defensive side of the ball, it all starts at the line of scrimmage with Coach Smart’s defense.  You need big strong “hog mollies” up front that can command double teams in the run game and push the pocket against the pass.  DaQuan Hawkins is equipped to do exactly that.  He is a thickly built, country strong defensive lineman who has seen his body explode under the strength and conditioning guidance of Scott Sinclair and Ed Ellis.  Rumored to now be in the 320-pound range he looks like he is developing in the ideal NG role.
The former 3-star recruit was a huge surprise for the Bulldogs last season.  When he signed with the Bulldogs many expected him to redshirt but he received snaps in 10 games.  While he only recorded 3 tackles he flashed excellent strength and the ability to bend and pursue laterally down the line of scrimmage.
For the Bulldogs in the 2016 season the Dawgs are young are along the defensive line and Hawkins will be one of the more experienced lineman on the team.  He is going to play a lot of snaps, especially against teams that are run first.  His ability to occupy blockers on the interior and keep lineman from getting to the second level will go a long way in determining how well the Bulldogs hold up against the run.

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Matthew “Huck” Pasek was born into a family of Georgia Bulldogs. Huck’s father, Gary, graduated from UGA in 1976 and became a high school chemistry teacher at Peachtree HS in Dunwoody, GA where he coached alongside Georgia High School football legend T. McFerrrin. Gary’s love of football, especially Georgia football, was passed along to his son. Huck lives in Belmont, NC with his wife, Whitney, and works in Financial Services Litigation. In his spare time he is an avid golfer, movie fanatic and habitual traveler to St. Simons Island with his wife “just to get away”. The moniker ImYourHuckleberry arose from his favorite movie, Tombstone, and character Doc Holiday’s famous line, “I’m Your Huckleberry”. Matthew was never one to shy away from a confrontation or debate, thus the nickname instantly stuck.

12 responses on “Huck’s 10 Most Important Players – #10

  1. PTCDawg

    Give me 20 guesses and none of them would have been DQ. Kudos for thinking ‘inside the box’. My #1 most important guy ended up #6 on the AJC list, very curious to see if/where he ends up on Hucks list. Thanks for doing this, looking forward to it!

  2. IYH_BI

    dawgmum I’m still going back and forth in my head with a few trying to determine where I am going to put a few names so I am looking forward to what I decide as well! haha

  3. IYH_BI

    MMCSDAWG I agree.  I think he has the raw talent/potential to be an immovable object on the interior.

  4. IYH_BI

    DawgDaddy Appreciate it.  As I was going through players he was one that I was going back and forth with several others on but I feel his importance was just a little bit more than others around him.

  5. Reddawg13

    Nice job Huck! I believe that same thing Hawkins is going to be a big part this year! I liked him when we signed him and he has not disappointed.


    Good analysis Huck!  DaQuan was a big surprise last season and i agree his contribution in the middle of our front 7 will be extremely important to our overall success on defense!

  7. Hobnailboot aka RobG

    Yeah, I can’t argue with that. I really enjoy your articles Huck, keep up the great work!

  8. DawgDaddy

    Great thoughts Huck, somewhat a surprise to name Hawkins but your reasoning is spot on.  Well done.