Two Gentle Giants at OPSU
- by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 9/11/05
Goodwell, OK - This pair has a lot in common. Two of the
biggest guys on the Oklahoma Panhandle State campus are
also two of the nicest guys – Austin Hawkins and
Jared Burris. Both are senior offensive lineman on the
Aggie football team and both were named All-Independent
Football Alliance for their respective performances last
Both of these very large young men (Burris at 315 pounds
and Hawkins at 285) are providing protection for their
quarterbacks again this season as well as “plowing
the road” for their running backs.
In addition, both are known around OPSU for their friendly
demeanor and each are fine examples of what student athletes
in college sports have to offer. Hawkins (from Medford,
OK) is majoring in Ag Business and Burris (of Putnam City)
is in the OPSU Computer Graphics program.
Offensive lineman rarely get headlines or their names
mentioned on the air or over the public address system
during games, but any quarterback or running back will
be the first to say how much respect that players like
Burris and Hawkins command.
In a recent game against Southwestern Oklahoma, the fine
Aggie running back, David Daniels, had just made a nice
gain. The tacklers from the opposing team were a bit slow
getting off Daniels. Both Hawkins and Burris arrived on
the scene very quickly and were quite pleased to assist
the players from the other team as Daniels got to his feet.
Friendly as they may be off the field, the two OPSU seniors
do not like is when someone messes with one of their own.
Jared Burris and Austin Hawkins – they are among
the most well liked people on the Oklahoma Panhandle Campus.
They are two very big guys and two very nice guys.