Hawkins playing through the pain

Injured thumb won't prevent USC CB commit from starring at Gridiron Kings

Updated: July 26, 2012, 2:42 PM ET
By Blair Angulo | WeAreSC
LOS ANGELES -- Few players would grind the way USC commit Chris Hawkins has in recent months. Camp after camp, workout after workout, the four-star cornerback out of Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) has been all over the map and more than held his own.

Add a broken thumb to the mix and, well, you get a glimpse of not only Hawkins' toughness, but his thirst for improvement.

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Erik McKinney/ESPN.comChris Hawkins, injured thumb and all, will represent the West at the Gridiron Kings this weekend in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Hawkins underwent surgery to repair his right thumb July 16 and has since trained with a soft cast for protection. He has a doctor's appointment scheduled for Wednesday of next week, when he hopes to get a timetable on his recovery.

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