Hawkins to Star In Upcoming ESPNU Show

Incoming freshman quarterback Cody Hawkins is one of six future college football players involved in a "reality" TV show. ESPNU Summer House, where six of the nation's top incoming college football freshmen will spend one week living together in a house in the Lincoln Park district of Chicago, begins airing July 25.

The eight, 30-minute episodes will follow the diverse group of athletes as they interact and engage in various day-to-day competitive challenges, ultimately vying for the chance to be named "Big Man on Campus." The six players will be joined by 11-year NFL veteran and ESPN college football analyst Chris Spielman, who will act as the "House Dad." Spielman will provide support and coach the players through each challenge and competition and get their reactions afterward.

The series will be aired Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, with re-airs scheduled for Wednesdays at midnight (9 p.m. PT) on ESPN2. Content will also be available across ESPN's multiple platforms, including ESPN.com and ESPN360.

"ESPNU Summer House will capture the character, passion and athleticism of each player as they test their abilities in new and different situations, with Spielman providing outstanding life lessons, discipline and mentorship," said Joan Lynch, an ESPN executive producer.

Some examples of the challenges include various football skill-based competitions, selling raffle tickets at the Chicago White Sox's U.S. Cellular Field, and performing a dance routine during halftime of a WNBA Chicago Sky game.

In some instances, the players will also be joined by special sports celebrities, such as Jennie Finch (USA Olympic Gold Medalist), Trent Green and Larry Johnson (Kansas City Chiefs), Todd Heap and Derrick Mason (Baltimore Ravens), Greg Lewis (Philadelphia Eagles), Gale Sayers (Chicago Bears Hall of Famer) and Ken Williams (White Sox GM). ESPNU signature anchor Mike Hall will also appear, explaining the various challenges to the players and giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the lavish four-story home. In addition, 25-year veteran college football coach and ESPN college football analyst Bob Davie will meet with the players to offer words of advice and insight regarding the next level of play.

A glance at the ESPNU Summer House players:
Terrence Austin, WR, UCLA, Long Beach (Polytech), Calif.
London Crawford, WR, Arkansas, Mobile (Davidson), Ala.
Jarred Fayson, WR/QB, Florida, Tampa (Hillsborough), Fla.
Cody Hawkins, QB, Colorado, Boise (Bishop Kelly), Idaho
Cart Kelly, WR/CB, Princeton, Pittsburgh (Baldwin), Penn.
Taylor Potts, QB, Texas Tech, Abilene, Texas


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