Cookus set a new NCAA FCS freshman record for the most touchdown passes in a season (37), and led the nation for the majority of the season in the category along with completion percentage. Cookus had the fewest amount of interceptions by any FCS quarterback with 3,000 or more passing yards as he led NAU to a 7-4 season.
Hawkins was one of the top kickers in the nation, as he was named to the team for his punting ability. He racked up 2,406 yards on a total of 52 punts. Averaging 46.3 yards per punt, Hawkins' longest boot of the season sailed for 71 yards.
Cookus and Hawkins have also been named to the Associated Press, STATS, and College Sports Madness FCS All-America teams.
The Big Sky Conference had the most Walter Camp selections with eight. NAU and Citadel were the only two schools with two selections.
Walter Camp, "The Father of American Football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting All-America teams for the Football Bowl and Championship subdivisions.