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"Up Close" with Byron Hankerson


After walking on at Florida Atlantic this past spring, Byron Hankerson was impressive at times during drill sessions - earning occasional praise from the coaching staff. As a result of this, and losses at the wide receiver spot, Hankerson now finds himself listed in the two-deep heading into fall camp.

Playing high school football at American Heritage High School in Hollywood, Florida, Hankerson enjoyed time on both sides of the ball his senior year and managed 10 receptions for 106 yards to go along with 30 tackles and an interception. Hankerson also helped lead his team to an 11-1 recorded and a playoff win.

Since joining the team, Hankerson says that senior wide receiver Lester Jean has been a big mentor for him. The two often work out together after practice on routes and catching, and some weekends running nearby hills to work on speed training.

Hankerson recently sat down with us for “Up Close”.

Quick Hits

What is your favorite food?

“Chicken Alfredo.”

What is your pet peeve?

“To see people with talent let it go to waste.”

Who is your current off the field role model?

“My father Brian Hankerson, he’s always been there providing for my family, so he’s a good role model in my life.”

What are you most proud of?

“My little sister Tia Hankerson, she’s in college now at FAMU. She had a rough time coming through high school, but she made it so I’m proud of her.”

What is your major?

“Accounting. My dad currently has his own accounting firm, but right now he is the CFO at my church so when I graduate, if it doesn’t work out with football, I would like to take over the firm and keep it in the family.”

What is your Faith?


Line of scrimmage

What aspect of your game do you feel is your strength?

“My hands, I’m pretty good at catching, I could always get better though.”

What aspect of your game do you feel is your weakness?

“Speed. I need to get faster.”

Down the field

Besides football, what brought you to FAU?

“My dad knows a couple of people out here and they said it was a good school, it’s close to home, and I didn’t want to be too far from the family. I like that it’s local, but it’s far enough that I can be on my own.”

What are your goals for the upcoming season?

“I want to win the Sun Belt championship and go undefeated.”

What game are you looking forward to the most next season?

“The first game, UAB. It’s going to be my first game playing, I’m excited.”

What do you want FAU fans to know about you personally?

“I love to draw. If I wasn’t playing football, I’d probably be in my room right now drawing pictures.”


Coming up, our next player has been growing his dreadlocks for seven years.


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