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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Separated at birth? Jayhawks say tackle Tanner Hawkinson looks like Ricky Bobby

Kansas offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson works on technique with the rest of the O-line during practice on Monday, April 25, 2011 at the practice fields near Memorial Stadium.

Kansas offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson works on technique with the rest of the O-line during practice on Monday, April 25, 2011 at the practice fields near Memorial Stadium.

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Kansas offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson works on technique with the rest of the O-line during practice on Monday, April 25, 2011 at the practice fields near Memorial Stadium.

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Actor Will Ferrell, who was the lead in the 2006 comedy “Talladega Nights,” bears a resemblance to KU offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson, teammates say.

Kansas University junior offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson resembles somebody who appears regularly on the big screen.

That person is ...

“Ricky Bobby,” said KU junior safety Lubbock Smith, referring to actor Will Ferrell, who played race car driver Ricky Bobby in the 2006 comedy, “Talladega Nights.”

“Hawkinson came in the ’08 (recruiting) class with me. Since I’ve known him, I’ve called him Ricky Bobby. Every time somebody sees him they say, ‘What’s up Ricky Bobby?’

“I tell him all the time: ‘You’ve got to be No. 1,’’’ Smith added, referring to Ricky Bobby’s line: “If you ain’t first, you’re last.”

McPherson native Hawkinson, who at 6-foot-6, 293 pounds is a bit larger than the 6-foot-3 Ferrell, takes the ribbing in stride.

“I’m used to it by now. I’ve been hearing that since my freshman year,” Hawkinson said. “It’s kind of a second-nature thing.”

Good thing Hawkinson is a Ferrell fan.

“I love Will Ferrell. He’s a pretty funny guy,” said Hawkinson, who would love to meet Ferrell.

It wouldn’t be a huge stretch, since Ferrell figures to visit Allen Fieldhouse for a basketball game, considering he’s a buddy of KU fan/fellow comedic actor/former Shawnee Mission West hoopster Jason Sudeikis.

“I’d maybe pull out some of his lines to see if he could see a resemblance or something,” the bearded Hawkinson added.

The easy-going Hawkinson happens to be one of KU’s fiercest competitors on the field. He’s a three-year starter who this year has moved from left to right tackle.

“It was a little awkward the first couple of practices just because of footwork,” he said of the switch. “It’s gone really well. It’s not that big a transition. Same terminology, same technique, just opposite sides.”

Hawkinson’s consistency pleases the sports-management major’s coaches and teammates.

“He moved over to right tackle and has done a really good job of being stabilized there and doing a good job of run-blocking and pass-protecting,” coach Turner Gill said. “He’s definitely a leader as far as the offensive line.”

Noted wide receiver Daymond Patterson: “Tanner is really good. He started here as a tight end, moved to defensive tackle then offensive tackle. No matter where he’s been, he’s worked his tail off.

“He had a great summer. He is in really good shape right now. He is a guy a lot of people are going to have to look out for. He’s relatively new to the position, but each and every game he’s gotten better.”

Hawkinson sees great improvement in the offense entering Year Two of the Gill regime.

“Everyone is so much more comfortable with everybody,” Hawkinson said. “We have a great feel for the coaches, and they have a great feel for us. It’s been over a year now. We’re so much more far ahead than we were last year. We are more comfortable with everything. We’re kind of used to the change.”

More than anything, Hawkinson wants to earn victories his final two years here.

The native Kansan’s mother, grandfather, two brothers and a sister attended KU.

“My dad went to K-State, but I don’t think he has too much a problem with me being here,” Hawkinson said, laughing. “I grew up a KU Jayhawk fan. My grandpa has had season tickets as long as I can remember. I’ve been coming up to games forever. Having my older siblings go to school here ... it’s great to be part of the Jayhawk family.

“I’m definitely proud of the team and university. I want to represent the state of Kansas and University of Kansas well. The only way to do that is win some games. We have some goals. The first is McNeese State,” he added of the Sept. 3 opener in Memorial Stadium.

Comments

ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years ago

I will say this... In pictures posted over the last couple of days are oline does look bigger.

But don't get to excited because our linebackers were doing that think where you cross your arms and make a fist to push your biceps forward, making them look bigger in their media day pictures.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years ago

See

KU linebackers Huldon Tharp, left, Darius Willis and Steven Johnson.

KU linebackers Huldon Tharp, left, Darius Willis and Steven Johnson. by Nick Krug

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ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years ago

Even the defensive ends got in on some off the action

Kansas defensive end Toben Opurum.

Kansas defensive end Toben Opurum. by Kevin Anderson

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ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years ago

But Mr Pick wins!

Kansas receivers, clockwise from front left, Daymond Patterson, Ricki Herod, Chris Omigie, Kale Pick, Andrew Turzilli, Christian Matthews and D.J. Beshears.

Kansas receivers, clockwise from front left, Daymond Patterson, Ricki Herod, Chris Omigie, Kale Pick, Andrew Turzilli, Christian Matthews and D.J. Beshears. by Nick Krug

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Ben Kliewer 3 years ago

Pick is definitely pushing his biceps...I'm not so convinced on the Linebackers, and I'm pretty sure Toben isn't...dude's just got big arms...

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Jayhawk1116 3 years ago

You're absolutely right. Our guys are a bunch of 90 pound string beans.
Another laser-sharp observation from everyone's favorite feminine hygiene product. And for the record, Persy, (and I hope it's for the last time) it's "too", not "to" and "could have", not "could of". If you really went to KU please don't throw the English department under the bus. KU is better than that. Also: you aren't half as funny as you think you are - with or without medication.

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Jayhawk1116 3 years ago

P.S. How are the "Brock Berglund Girlfriend" image searches going? Getting old yet? Yeah, didn't think so.

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jaydee909 3 years ago

ahper, take your medication and get back in bed before the night shift discovers you missing.

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Ken Sedgwick 3 years ago

Hey apecouchingexperting, what you dont see in those photos is more speed.

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TwistedFish31 3 years ago

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Martin Rosenblum 3 years ago

Did they put the wrong photo up? What a reach! I don't see Ricky Bobby at all! Maybe Seth Rogen, but not El Diablo!

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Andy Tweedy 3 years ago

Yeah, I don't see it either.

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rastameta 3 years ago

Yeah, the Seth Rogen from 40 year old virgin when he was heavier.

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nuleafjhawk 3 years ago

Turner Gill must be a Ricky Bobby fan too - 'cause he wants to GO FAST !!!

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Cmill1221 3 years ago

He must have the "If you aren't first your last" mentality also. Judging from where we finished last season.

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