A position change creates more attention

Luke Hawkshead’s move to Tight End paid another dividend this week.

He announced on Twitter that Minnesota State University Moorhead sent a football scholarship offer on Tuesday.

Hawkshead started his Austin Packers career in the trenches, on the offensive and defensive lines, where players do not get much individual attention. With Tight End experience at his previous stop in Iowa, the transition was smooth in Austin.

From the opening game, the senior proved his value as a sizeable pass-catching threat that was tough to cover among high school defensive backs. Hawkshead caught two touchdown passes in the Packers’ 40-21 win over Rochester Mayo in the regular season opener.

His presence on the field created opportunities for other Packers receivers, most notably Gavin Owens and Andrew Schumacher. At 6’2, 221 pounds, Hawkshead demanded attention from the opposing team’s top defensive backs, which created matchup opportunities, and room on the field, for other wide receivers to work with.

Hawkshead caught six passes for a season-high 124 yards and a touchdowns in the Packers’ section SF loss in Owatonna.

The Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons went 5-6 this seasons.

Hawkshead is the second Mower County area football player to receive a college scholarship offer this week. Grand Meadow Running Back Zach Myhre got one from Winona State over the weekend, his second offer from a Minnesota college.