Fresno State at UNLV; photos by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
UNLV: A converted quarterback who now plies his trade in the secondary … Listed No. 2 at the strong safety position after spring practice … One of six players on this year’s team from Arizona.
2014: Played in all 13 games on defense and special teams … Finished with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops.
2013: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in 12 games, primarily on special teams … Finished with four total tackles after moving to defensive back during preseason camp.
2012: Redshirted season … Listed as the No. 174 QB in the nation by ESPNU while Scout.com ranked him the No. 160 safety in the class.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2012 graduate of Centennial HS under coach Richard Taylor … A three-year letterwinner who saw time as a quarterback and wide receiver on offense and cornerback and safety on defense … Played on three separate teams that made deep runs into the Arizona prep playoffs … Won a state championship as a sophomore, lost in the state title game as a junior and lost in the semifinals as a senior … Lost a total of four games during his prep career … Earned second team all-state honors as a defensive back and second team all-region as a senior at receiver and cornerback … As a junior he was honorable mention all-region as a quarterback.
PERSONAL: Troy Michael Hawthorne was born Aug. 8, 1994, in Phoenix, AZ … The son of Susan and Mike Hawthorne … Father, Mike, played at Abilene Christian in Texas as an offensive lineman … Has a younger brother, Tanner … Majoring in criminal justice.