Hansen said he and Hawkins study film together all week and go over every play in the game plan before kickoff on game days. They talk about what the reads are on each play and what the defense might do.
"He has really helped out," Hansen said. "I think this is helping him out because I think he wants to be a coach. He's kind of acting out like he's a coach right now.
"He's really helping me out, and he's like another coach (Eric) Kiesau on the sideline when I come off the field. He's telling me what I saw and what he saw. So he's been great."
Hansen credited the help from Hawkins as being one of the biggest factors in why he has become more comfortable as a college quarterback.
Hawkins hasn't been strictly limited to a backup role. He serves as the holder on extra points and field goals and threw a successful pass for a 2-point conversion against Georgia last week. It was his first completed pass since the middle of last season.