Hawkins brings size and competitiveness

The Florida Gators have been looking for some big targets at receiver and the he biggest one they got may surprise you. At 6-2 and 207 pounds, Columbus (GA) Carver HS graduate Marqui Hawkins weighs more than any receiver signed or on the roster at Florida. He hopes to get to 215 by the start of the season.

Marqui Hawkins reports to campus on Tuesday and is ready to do his thing in this next step of his life.

"I am just excited to be a college football player and ready to compete," he said about his arrival. "They told me to come in and get ready.

Putting on muscle has been easy and he also has been working on the program the staff sent him to be in condition when he arrives on campus.

"I have had a workout program from the staff for the longest," he said. "It is a lot like we do in high school but more of it. At Carver we are doing 15 x 110's (110 yard continuous sprints) but Florida wants us to do 26 x 110's.

The staff has him projected along the outside at the X or Z receiver positions and he knows he just has to put the work in to learn everything he can.

"It will be tough on my part, but as a player I will learn the different plays and playbook," he said. "I just need to get it down and come in and play."

He has spent a lot of time on the phone with his new position coach, Joker Phillips.

"We have talked a lot," Hawkins said. "He is a good coach and like a dad. He will tell you what you need to know. He is the same on the field as well."

According to Hawkins, the receivers have already become a tight knit group. He, Ahmad Fulwood, Demarcus Robinson (enrolled in January), Alvin Bailey, and Chris Thompson bring a variety of skills to the table.

"Me and Demarcus and Ahmad, all the receivers are kind of tight," Hawkins said. "Demarcus has told me that it is really tough, not like high school. You have to wake up early in the morning, before class, and stuff like that."

Hawkins gets the fact that not everyone has a chance to do what he is about to embark on and he plans to take advantage of that.

"They can expect me to come to work," he said of Gator fans that want to know what he is about. "Now that I have been handed this opportunity I will compete and be a good player and person on and off the field."

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