By Chadd Cripe
Boise State junior Julian Hawkins has settled into his new role at wide receiver.
Hawkins (6-foot-3, 220 pounds), who switched from tight end to wide receiver in December, envisions himself as a Legedu Naanee-type receiver because of his size.
Hawkins made one catch in a limited role last year.
“This year I see my role being a whole lot more in the offense,” Hawkins said.
Hawkins has endured an up-and-down career. He was academically ineligible in 2005 and had to sit out fall camp.
“Coach Pete kind of said this is the light at the end of the tunnel for me now,” Hawkins said, “so I’m just going to take it and run with it.”
Coach Chris Petersen hopes to see more consistency from Hawkins. He also wants him to become a huge factor on special teams.
“We like those big receivers,” Petersen said. “Like everybody, he needs to take that next step and be cleaner on his assignments.”
The offense dominated Tuesday’s morning practice, the only workout of the day. The Broncos have their final two-a-day session Wednesday.
The offense made a bunch of big plays — getting the ball to playmakers Ian Johnson and Vinny Perretta in space. Tailback Jeremy Avery also made a big play, and quarterbacks Taylor Tharp, Bush Hamdan and Nick Lomax threw well-placed passes.