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UC Davis Continues Great Football Moves by Extending Hawkins

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The UC Davis Aggies posted one of their best seasons in FCS football in the 2018 season. A lot of that credit goes to second-year head coach Dan Hawkins. After going 5-6 in his first year with the Aggies in 2017, Hawkins took UC Davis to a 10-3 record and put the team in the FCS Playoffs for the first time in school history. With those achievements, the Aggies rewarded Hawkins with a contract extension through the 2023 college football season. Along with posting one of the best seasons in school history, Hawkins also locked down a couple of awards, winning the Big Sky Coach of the Year and Stats FCS Eddie Robinson Award for the best football coach among FCS football teams.

The decision to hire Dan Hawkins to lead the UC Aggies was a great move given his football resume. Hawkins became a household name with the Boise State Broncos who were titled the first “BCS Buster” team in the early 2000s. The Broncos posted a 53-11 record, along with a 37-3 conference record in the WAC in five seasons under Hawkins. A disappointing stint as the Colorado Buffaloes caused Hawkins to drop off the college football radar. However, he still continued to coach and led the 2015 U.S. National Team to a gold medal.

For the Aggies, bringing in a great coach like Hawkins, who also played at UC Davis was a no-brainer. The Aggies recorded their sixth 10-plus win season in school History and made it to the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs. The team finished seventh in total offense in the FCS. The Aggies also had one of the best aerial attacks behind Jake Maier, average a third-best 322 passing yards per game. So securing Hawkins long-term to keep building upon that success is critical. As long as Hawkins is on the sidelines at Sochor Field, expect the Aggies to be a front-runner in FCS Football.