Javian Hawkins and Micale Cunningham both had big days on Saturday against Syracuse. While it was Senior Day, it was the redshirt sophomore QB and the redshirt freshman RB that were the stars of the day.
Hawkins carried the ball 23 times for 233 yards and a TD. He averaged 10.1 yards (or a first down) a carry. Meanwhile, Cunningham rushed for 60 yards and a TD and threw for 238 yards and 5 TDs. He only completed 11 passes meaning 45% of his throws went for TDs.
With those performances, Javian Hawkins earned ACC Running Back and Co-Rookie of the Week honors and Micale Cunningham earned Quarterback of the Week honors. Hawkins has previously earned Running Back of the Week honors for his 172 yard rushing performance against Boston College and Rookie of the Week honors with his 136 yard and 2 TD performance against Virginia.
You can read more about these honors, and about both players, in UofL’s press release below.
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:
Cunningham and Hawkins Honored as ACC Players of the Week
Micale Cunningham accounted for six touchdowns and Javian Hawkins rushed for 233 yards in a win over Syracuse.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 25, 2019
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Micale Cunningham and Javian Hawkins were honored as Atlantic Coast Conference Players of the Week for their performance in the University of Louisville’s win over Syracuse on Saturday, the league announced Monday.
Cunningham was named the league’s Quarterback of the Week and Hawkins was selected as the Running Back and co-Rookie of the Week after big their performance in the 56-34 victory over the Orange on Saturday.
A native of Montgomery, Ala., Cunningham accounted for a career high six touchdowns – five in the air and one on the ground – to give him 10 touchdowns over the last two games.
Cunningham completed 11-of-20 passes, including a 90-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tutu Atwell – the fourth-longest pass play in school history.
Cunningham was also named one the eight quarterbacks named as one the Manning Award‘s “Stars of the Week.”
Hawkins rushed for 233 (seventh-best) yards, his sixth 100-yard game of the season and his first 200-yard rushing game. It was first 200-yard rushing game by a Cardinal since Lamar Jackson had 226 against Texas A&M on Dec. 30, 2015. The 233 yards were the most rushing yards by a Cardinal since Anthony Allen rushed for 275 against Middle Tennessee on Sept. 6, 2007. His six 100-yard games are the most by a freshman in program history.
The native of Titusville, Fla., set the UofL freshman rushing record with 1,278 yards, the ninth-best single-season total in school history.
The Cardinals close the regular season versus in-state rival Kentucky on Saturday for a noon kickoff at Kroger Field.