The redshirt freshman compares OU's secondary to Florida State's, in terms of its collective speed. But Hawkins points out the Sooners use more than their athleticism when defending the pass.
"They mix things up in the secondary as far as disguising coverages. It makes it difficult to make your reads as a quarterback," Hawkins said. "A lot of times they play a few different coverages several different ways. And when you have athletes like they have, then anything's going to work."
Senior wide receiver Dusty Sprague, too, said the Buffs are preparing for a multitude of looks from the OU defense.
"They'll do a lot of weird stuff, change things up on defense and try and confuse the offense. They don't do anything you can't take care of, but they're counting on you making a mental mistake. They're hoping they confuse you," he said.
Sprague, who has factored into the CU passing attack the past two games with four receptions for 49 yards, said communication on offense is always a key, but more so this week vs. the Sooners.
"If there's things you see that tip you off, you've got to call it out and be talking and have all 11 guys on the same page," he said.
Sprague said he's not fazed by the fact oddsmakers have made Oklahoma three touchdown favorites.
"I think people will be surprised," he said. "I'm very confident. I know we're a good football team. If we come out and do what we're capable of doing, we'll be fine."