Quoting Cody

He's a 19-year-old redshirt freshman. He's never played a down of college football. He'll be directing a complex offense in front of roughly 70,000 screaming people in a nationally televised game. Inside, find out what Cody Hawkins has to say about his upcoming debut, and why a couple of his coaches think he'll survive, and thrive, in Saturday's atmosphere.

On how to handle his nerves on Saturday when the Buffs play Colorado State:

Cody Hawkins: "It's a big stadium. I'm going to throw on my headphones, talk to my teammates and just get ready to play. My o-line's going to play their hearts out, the running backs, receivers and defense is going to play well, too. So, I just have to relax and execute my assignments my coach has been teaching me since I stepped on campus."

"I'm not a big nervous guy. You might get butterflies once in a while, but if you work hard during the week, why be nervous on Saturday? You've got to go out and enjoy the moment. How many people get to play college football? There's no reason to eat yourself alive about it."

On the last time he was nervous

Cody Hawkins: "I think I was pretty nervous for the first run of winter conditioning. I remember that because we had just gotten back from Christmas break. You can tell from the guys that are still on this squad and the guys who aren't, those (workouts) weren't an easy thing."

"I remember sitting in class that day thinking, ‘What's going to happen?' But Pit got us ready, he got us through the fire. We're ready to go show what we have this season."

On if he's ready for Colorado State to bring the heat

Cody Hawkins: "I've been preparing for that. I'm not stupid. If I was playing against a freshman quarterback, I'd want to bring the heat, smoke him and break his helmet — do everything I could. But my o-linemen are great. Coach Grimes has done an awesome job with those guys. They're able to do things a lot more efficiently than we did last year."

On the difference in the playbook between last year and this year

Cody Hawkins: "It's probably like addition and subtraction, then going straight to Calculus."

Head coach Dan Hawkins on if he thinks Cody can handle the pressure

Dan Hawkins: "He's going to make freshman mistakes. But I don't think he's going to get rattled."

Running backs coach Darian Hagan on how he thinks Cody will handle the pressure

Darian Hagan: "I've been around him for two years now and I've never seen the guy get rattled. Being a coach's son, being around high-stakes games. The guy's done it. People say he hasn't done it at this level, but everybody needs an opportunity. His opportunity is coming."

"I don't see that guy being afraid or making mistakes. I just see him going out there and having a good game, putting on a good show."

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