By Douglas Holtz-Eakin
The young drop coverage to avoid higher premiums
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
This time last year, Travis Hawkins was eager to play Navy. If it meant dealing with the Midshipmen's cut blocks all day, so be it. The Maryland defensive back couldn't wait to put a redshirt season in the past and return to the field.
"I'm anxious to get out there this year, just to see where I'm at," Travis Hawkins said. "This Navy game hopefully will be a big game for me, either special teams, running kickoffs back or playing a huge role on the defense making a lot of tackles."
"That got to me a lot," Hawkins said. "I felt like I should have been given a chance just to be able to go out there and show what I can do. I felt like in the spring [of 2010], I got my chance. In the Maryland spring game last year, I did very well and I thought I was going to get a chance to show what I can do in the game, but I never got the chance. When my time came on special teams, I made the most of it."