Michigan S Brad Hawkins Reflects on Giving Up Big Notre Dame TD Play

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Michigan S Brad Hawkins Reflects on Giving Up Big Notre Dame TD Play

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Michigan S Brad Hawkins Reflects on Giving Up Big Notre Dame TD Play

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — After a series of defensive debacles in the first quarter against Notre Dame, the Wolverines found themselves down 14-0.

The first Irish drive saw a handful of penalties that killed Michigan’s chances at holding Notre Dame from the end zone, but it was on the second drive that the maize and blue let up a big play.

Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush, under pressure, hurled the ball deep from the Michigan 43 yard line into the end zone. Second-year Wolverines strong safety Brad Hawkins — who was in for Josh Metellus, who was ejected for a targeting penalty on the previous drive — was in prime position to make a play on the ball. It hit his hands, but he couldn’t come up with it. The ball rolled off his fingers and up into the hands of Irish slot receiver Chris Finke who made the 43 yard touchdown grab.

Hawkins says that he “was definitely surprised” when he didn’t make the play on it, and shared how the play went down from his vantage point.

“I seen the ball in the air,” “I thought it was mine. But, I didn’t come down with it. But it happens. I just moved on to the next play and I just continued to play the way I know I’m capable of playing.”

After the play, Hawkins spoke to defensive coordinator Don Brown, who didn’t chastise him for giving up the touchdown.

He simply told him to put the play behind him, and that’s precisely what he did.

“He just said, ‘You’ve got to go get that next time,’ but we were onto the next play,” Hawkins said. “Just move on.”

Similarly, his teammates picked him up.

As third-year linebacker Devin Gil said, they didn’t need to pile on: “He knew that I knew that he just needs to step up. That’s all.”

Thus, despite the mistake that helped Notre Dame secure a two-score lead, Hawkins got positive feedback from his teammates.

“Just keep your head up, keep going,” he said his teammates told him on the sideline. “It happens. That’s it.”

From there, Hawkins picked his play up, finishing the game with a third-best six tackles, 0.5 for loss and one pass breakup.

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