Penn State Defensive Tackle Aeneas Hawkins Retires from Football

By Craig Fritz on January 5, 2022 at 2:33 pm
Penn State defensive tackle Aeneas Hawkins
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Penn State defensive tackle Aeneas Hawkins has decided to end his football career.

The Cincinnati native was a redshirt junior in the 2021 season. In four seasons, he appeared in two games, recording no statistics. His last appearance came at the end of the 2020 season against Illinois.

Hawkins originally came to Penn State in the 2018 recruiting class, along with fellow tackles PJ Mustipher and Judge Culpepper. Mustipher played right away in 2018, steadily increasing his playing time until he became the starter in 2020. Culpepper redshirted the 2018 season like Hawkins, and ultimately entered the transfer portal after the 2020 season.

While success on the field evaded Hawkins in Happy Valley, he is surely poised to have a great post-football career. Beloved by teammates, Hawkins comports an infectious personality and sense of humor and will graduate from Penn State with a degree in broadcast Journalism. He also was a frequent voice over in the Lions' social media videos.