His name isn't written in stone as the Buffs' backup, but he is option No. 1 for most circumstances this season. True freshman Seth Lobato believes he's up to the challenge.
Coaches have told sophomore Tyler Hansen he will redshirt this season, unless Hawkins is injured and it's clear he will miss extended time or if they decide Hawkins isn't the man for the job any longer.
In every other scenario, including late-game blowout situations and minor injury substitutions, it appears Lobato will be called on. Fellow true freshman Clark Evans also plans to redshirt.
In this video interview, Lobato discuesses his rise up the depth chart and whether he's ready to play on Saturday.