Quarterback sustains injury

Blake Hawkins runs the ball in the Texas A&M-Commerce game Sept. 1.

The University of North Alabama’s victory over Valdosta State was not the only close call the Lions faced at the football game this weekend.

Quarterback Blake Hawkins succumbed to injury during the game. He was knocked unconscious during the first half and had to go to the hospital.

Athletic Trainer Joshua Penny said Hawkins sustained a concussion.

“(Hawkins) was taken to the hospital as a precaution,” Penny said. “He has entered concussion protocol.” 

Medical professionals must approve before Hawkins returns to the football field.

“(He will) return once he has been cleared by physicians,” Penny said.

Penny said he was thankful for all the concern about Hawkins.

Even though they had a man down, the Lions won the game 30-24. This was the first victory for new coach, Christopher Willis. 

Stick with The Flor-Ala for updates about the quarterback.