Jon Hawk Signs to Play Football for the University of Wyoming

May 22, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head football coach Vic Koenning announced on Wednesday that Jon Hawk from Aurora, Colo., has signed to play football for theUniversity of Wyoming. Hawk comes to Wyoming from Garden City Community College in GardenCity, Kan.

Hawk is a 6-5, 310-pound offensive tackle. He played two years at Garden City, earningAll-America honors. He originally signed with the University of Oklahoma out of high school,before deciding to attend junior college. Hawk helped lead Garden City to a combined 19-4record in his two seasons.

"Jon (Hawk) is a great addition to our team," said UW head coach Vic Koenning. "He is avery athletic offensive lineman, who comes to us with two years experience playing in one of thetop junior-college leagues in the country. Jon has been a part of winning programs wherever hehas been. We expect him to come in and immediately make us a better football team."

This past season of 2001, Garden City posted a 9-2 record and captured its fourthconsecutive Jayhawk Conference regular-season championship, ending the season ranked No. 7 inthe final National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll. Garden City played in theValley of the Sun Bowl, defeating Scottsdale Community College of Arizona 39-31.

In the 2000 season, Hawk was a member of Garden City's squad that posted a 10-2 recordand advanced to the NJCAA National Championship game before losing to Glendale CommunityCollege (Ariz.) by a score of 7-13. In addition to earning All-America honors, Hawk was a two-timeJayhawk Conference First Team selection.

Hawk's sophomore season at Garden City, he was part of an offense that ranked No. 4 inthe nation in rushing offense (242.6 yards per game), No. 19 in passing offense (108.3 yards pergame) and No. 12 in total offense (350.9 yards per game). He played for head coach Bob Larsonat Garden City.

An outstanding high school athlete at Mullen High School in Denver, Colo., Hawk played forformer Mullen High head football coach and current UW assistant coach Mick McCall. Hawk wasa member of Mullen's 1998 5A State Championship team in football. He was an All-State andAll-Colorado selection as a high school senior at defensive tackle. A standout basketball player, aswell, his junior season Mullen finished second in state in basketball and Hawk earnedAll-Tournament honors and All-State honors.

He is the son of JoRene Hawk Martinez. He will major in communications at UW. Hawk hastwo years of eligibility remaining. He redshirted his first year at Garden City, and then played thelast two seasons. Out of high school, he was recruited by Colorado, Oregon and Washington, inaddition to signing with Oklahoma. Following junior college, he was recruited by Clemson,Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina, as well as Wyoming.