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DeKalb County Football Alums Shine Over The Weekend

Stephen Hill and A.J. Hawkins were big contributors to victories by their teams during this past weekend’s football action.

Stephen Hill, a 2009 Miller Grove grad, earned a starting role as wide receiver for the New York Jets in his rookie season and the second round pick out of Georgia Tech paid dividends quickly.  

The 6-4, 215 pound receiver had five receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns in the Jets’ 48-28 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. His first touchdown went for 33 yards on a pass from Mark Sanchez to give the Jets a 14-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter.  

The pair connected again with 9:38 to play in the third quarter on a 17-yard pass play to put the Jets up 41-7.  

A.J. Hawkins, a 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. grad, was named Southeastern Conference Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play in helping Ole Miss to a 28-10 win over Texas-El Paso on Saturday in Oxford, Mississippi.  

The right guard was part of an Ole Miss offensive line that racked up 538 yards of total offense, including 330 on the ground, against the Miners. It was the first time Ole Miss had rushed for more than 300 yards since a 435 yard performance against Fresno State in 2010.  

The Lithonia native made his 18th career start and second at right guard after playing center and left guard his first three seasons. He has helped Ole Miss lead the SEC in total offense and rushing offense and eclipse 500 total yards in back-to-back games for the first time since 2009.  

Hawkins earns an SEC weekly award for the first time in his career and is the second Rebel to be honored this year.

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