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. 1 at the strong safety position after spring practice … One of six players on this year’s team from Arizona.
2015: Played in all 12 games and finished with a career-high 32 total tackles, which ranked 10th on the team ... Grabbed his first career interception vs. Idaho State in Game Four and returned it 47 yards to mark the team’s first pick-six in five years.
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, who signed with Purdue to play football … Majoring in criminal justice.