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“He’s probably at his best in open space,” Toomey said. “If he pulled his shirt up right now, he’d show you two tattoos of wings. He’s a ball hawk, and he flies around the field. He’s tenacious, and we’re just so fortunate that he’s in our locker room.”

Tillman, regardless of his altruism of connecting Hawkins and Loyola in the past, must figure out how to deal with the honorable mention All-America selection. The Maryland coach sees some similarities between Hawkins and Dan Burns, a defensive midfielder with the ability to influence proceedings on offense.

“He’s a very dangerous player, and what concerns you is you can have two guys going downfield and somebody could be with Justin and if he kicks it into high gear, all of a sudden that becomes an unsettled [situation] where they have one more guy than you do,” Tillman said. “We’re going to have to account for his speed at all points on the field.”