CSN talks with assistant head coach Mark Rhea and a pair of defensive linemen in preview
WCU lands three unanimous first team, three second team honorees
Newsome eclipses the 1,000-yard mark, scores twice in road victory
WCU wraps up the regular season on the road at SoCon-foe, VMI
Troy Mitchell threw for 305 yards and accounted for five TDs, three passing and two rushing
Western Carolina at Texas A&M
Western Carolina Football vs. Chattanooga
Western Carolina Football vs. Elon - Homecoming 2013
Western Carolina Football vs. Samford
2015 (Senior): Started all 10 games in which he saw action, missing the game at Tennessee ... Finished with 48 tackles including 23 solo stops, posting tackles in each game played ... Led WCU's defensive linemen with 10 tackles for loss -- second on the Catamount squad -- while pacing the team with his single-season best 6.5 sacks, a mark that ranked him fourth in the SoCon ... Posted double-digit tackles at The Citadel (Sept. 12), matching his career-high with 10 tackles ... Hawkins forced a team-high three fumbles with one recovery - two of his fumble recoveries came at Wofford (Oct. 17) ... Credited with five quarterback hurries ... Named first team All-Southern Conference by both the league's head coaches and voting media.
2014 (Junior): Started all 12 games along the defensive front at defensive end ... For a second-straight season, led all Catamount defensive linemen in tackles with 54 stops including 27 solo stops and 11.0 tackles for loss, the second-most on the team, tallying 36 combined yards in losses ... Had at least two tackles in each of the 12 games including a season-high seven against Brevard (Sept. 6) ... Posted two TFLs against Presbyterian (Oct. 4) ... Forced a pair of fumbles including one at Mercer (Oct. 18) and against VMI (Nov. 15) ... Credited with two quarterback hurries and one pass break-up ... Selected to the second team All-Southern Conference by the voting media ... Playing for the Purple squad, credited with four tackles including a sack in WCU's annual Spring Game.
2013 (Sophomore): Started all 12 games along the defensive line ... Led all Catamount defensive linemen with 53 total tackles including 21 solo stops ... Had four tackles (TFL) for 11 combined yards in losses ... Credited with a sack and two quarterback hurries ... For a second-straight season, recorded a career-high in tackles against nationally-ranked Wofford, securing 10 total hits including five solo stops ... Had seven hits including half a TFL in the overtime win over Elon ... Posted a pair of tackles for loss against Appalachian State in the season finale.
2012 (Freshman): Started the first five games of his collegiate career before coming in as a reserve along the defensive line the final five games, playing in 10 of the 11 seasonal games ... Recorded 22 tackles including 14 solo stops including 2.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss ... Tallied a then career-high six tackles - all solo hits - at nationally-ranked Wofford ... Credited with two quarterback hurries and recovered a fumble forced by classmate Sertonuse Harris in the end zone for a touchdown against Samford.
Prior to Western Carolina: Named the Defensive Lineman of the Year in the PAC-6 Conference as a senior... Was additionally named to the All-PAC 6 post-season honorary squad at defensive end ... Also played basketball as a prep.
Personal: Full name is Caleb Xavier Akinseye Hawkins ... Is the son of William Peebles and Moya Hawkins.