Hawthorne has not been full-go at training camp due to an off-season broken hand. And while he has the speed to excel in pass coverage, his 6-foot, 175-pound frame wouldn't be your first choice to break up a sweep.
But it's an interesting move because it could get him on the field quicker. Hawthorne easily could move back to receiver down the road. And playing some corner might make more attractive to pro teams way down the road.
* In another camp development, senior Daniel Dufrene, the likely starter at tailback, is recovering after an ankle sprain Tuesday. The seriousness of the injury is not known, but Zook and his staff most likely are going to err on the side of caution at this point. Dufrene is the most accomplished of five contenders at running back. Sophomore Jason Ford, who had a big game against Indiana last year, is the most intriguing. The running-back derby won't start playing out in a serious way until the season gets going.