DeANDRE HOPKINS

Wide Receiver

Clemson University Tigers

#6

6:01.1-200

Central, South Carolina

D.W. Daniel High School

 

OVERVIEW

Many talent evaluators are excited about the influx of underclassmen available at the wide receiver position for the 2013 NFL Draft, but few have been as consistent or electrifying as Hopkins since he became a Clemson Tiger three seasons ago. In 39 games at the school, he produced 206 receptions, the second-highest total at the university and the seventh-best figure in the history of Atlantic Coast Conference football.

 

Blessed with outstanding hands and ball skills, Hopkins plays with excellent focus and maturity, drawing comparisons to Cincinnati Bengals standout, A.J. Green, for the way he can easily locate the ball in a crowd, time his leaps and get to the thrown ball at its high point. He is a fluid open field runner with loose hips and good body control, slipping through the press coverage while using his hands to get a clean release to make proper adjustments getting to the off-target throws.

 

Hopkins made great strides as a route runner in 2012, showing the ability to sell the route and utilize an array of moves to get behind defenders on deep routes. While he has a lanky frame, he is surprisingly strong enough to break arm tackles and has the cutting ability to leave defenders grasping at air as he races by for a long gain, evident by generating 837 of his 1,405 receiving yards after the catch as a junior.

 

His receiving yardage figure in 2012 set the school season-record and ranks second in conference annals. He also shattered Clemson and ACC marks by converting eighteen of those 82 receptions into touchdowns last year, as the split end had tremendous chemistry working with quarterback Tajh Boyd. In just three seasons of college football, he placed fifth among active NCAA Bowl Subdivision performers with his 27 touchdowns, ranking eighth in that group with 3,020 yards receiving and twelfth with 206 grabs.

 

Before joining the Clemson program, Hopkins enjoyed a stellar career at D.W. Daniel High School, where the South Carolina native registered 57 receptions for 1,266 yards and 18 touchdowns on offense and 28 interceptions, returning five for touchdowns on defense.

He was rated the 12th-best receiver in the nation and the state’s eighth-best overall prospect by Rivals.com. Scout.com regarded the versatile performer as the 14th-ranked cornerback in the prep ranks and ESPN rated him the country’s 29th-best athlete.

 

Super Prep’s sixth-ranked athlete in the state of South Carolina, Hopkins received All-State first-team honors from the Charlotte Observer and The State, adding All-Southern honors from the Orlando Sentinel. A finalist for state “Mr. Football” accolades, he was twice named All-State (defense) by the Associated Press.

 

Hopkins participated in the Offense-Defense All American game and the Shrine Bowl. He is a two-time Seneca Daily Journal Player-of-the-Year and Anderson Independent Player-of-the-Year choice, in addition to receiving Class AAA All-State honors from the High School Sports Report as a junior and senior. He added co-Region Player-of-the-Year recognition as a senior and was a three-time all-region pick.

 

In addition to his performance on offense and defense, Hopkins had eleven punt returns for 289 yards and three touchdowns, along with two kickoff returns for 119 yards and one score as a senior. For the 2009 campaign, he scored seven times receiving, twice on interception returns, three more on punt returns, once on a kickoff return, and one more time on a fumble return, en route to garnering Class AAA Back-of-the-Year accolades.

 

Hopkins led D.W. Daniel High to a 37-4 record during his gridiron career. He was also a four-year starter for the school’s basketball team. On the hardwood, the three-time All-State choice tallied over 1,300 points, 400 rebounds, 600 assists, and 200 steals in his career. He averaged 20.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 8.4 assists, and 4.0 steals per game as a sophomore, finishing with averages of 18.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game as a junior while leading the team to a state title as a senior.

 

It seemed only natural that Hopkins would choose to attend Clemson University, rejecting hard recruiting pursuits by Michigan, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Recruited by André Powell, Hopkins made his family proud attending the university where his uncle, the late Terry Smith, had 162 receptions as a Tiger from 1990-93. He would go on to earn Fresh-man All-American and All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors, in addition to being named the team’s Rookie-of-the-Year.

 

Hopkins became the first freshman in school history to lead the team in receptions since Deerrick Hamilton in 2001. He snared 52 balls for 637 yards (12.25 ypc) with four touch-downs, seeing brief action on special teams, where he tallied 32 yards on a pair of kickoff returns and 33 yards on two punt returns while starting eight of the twelve contests he appeared in at split end.

 

In 2011, Hopkins started eleven contests, appearing in all fourteen games. He ranked second on the team with 72 receptions, the third-best season total by a Tiger. He gained 978 yards on those grabs, sixth-best on the Clemson season-record chart. Five of those catches were good for touchdowns and thirteen of his snatches were for 20 yards or longer. He also averaged 4.9 yards on ten punt returns, generating 1,027 all-purpose yards.

 

Hopkins received All-American second-team and All-ACC first-team recognition in 2012, as the Biletnikoff Award semi-finalist (nation’s top receiver) exploded for 82 catches that totaled 1,405 yards (17.13 ypc) and eighteen touchdowns. He gained at least 20 yards on 24 of those grabs, leading the conference and placing sixth in the nation with an average of 108.08 receiving yards per game.

 

On January 10th, 2013, Hopkins announced that he was leaving college a year early and had “tossed his hat” into the 2013 NFL Draft pool. “It’s been one hell of a ride, Tiger Nation, but I’m taking my talents to the next level,” the receiver responded on Twitter.

 

CAREER NOTES

The split end appeared in 39 games, starting 32 contests for the Clemson Tigers…Had 206 receptions for 3,020 yards (14.66 ypc) and 27 touchdowns, adding 32 yards on a pair of kickoff returns and 82 yards on twelve punt returns (6.83 avg), along with recording three tackles (2 solos) to amass 3,134 all-purpose yards, an average of 80.36 yards per game…

The only Tiger in school history with multiple 100-yard receiving performances in bowl games (105 vs. South Florida in the 2010 Meineke Car Care Bowl; 107 vs. West Virginia in the 2011/12 Orange Bowl; 191 yards vs. Louisiana State in the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl), as he tallied 32 receptions for 403 yards and three touchdowns in three postseason appearances…His 206 receptions rank seventh in Atlantic Coast Conference history and second on the school career-record list, topped by only Aaron Kelly (232; 2005-08), as they are the only Tigers to ever catch 200 passes for the university…His 3,020 receiving yards are the sixth-highest total by an ACC player and established a school all-time record, breaking the previous mark of 2,733 yards by Aaron Kelly…Hopkins is just the sixth player from an ACC institution to gain 3,000 yards receiving in a career, joining Conner Vernon of Duke (3,749; 2009-12), Peter Warrick of Florida State (3,517; 1996-99), Torry Holt of North Carolina State (3,379; 1995-98), Clarkston Hines of Duke (3,318; 1986-89) and Jerricho Cotchery of North Carolina State (3,119; 2000-03)…His 27 touchdown grabs tied Herman Moore of Virginia (1988-90) for eighth on the conference all-time record chart, as it also set a school record, topping the previous high of twenty scoring catches by Aaron Kelly…His thirteen 100-yard receiving performances rank tied for 13th on the ACC career-record list.

 

2012 SEASON

A semi-finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s top receiver, Hopkins was also a Maxwell Award Watch List member, earning second-team All-American honors from The NFL Draft Report, Athlon, CBSSports.com, Lindy’s, Phil Steele, and Scout.com, in addition to being named third-team by the Associated Press and honorable mention from Sports Illustrated…The unanimous All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team pick started all thirteen games at split end, leading the league and ranking sixth in the nation with an average of 108.08 yards receiving per game…Led the team with 82 receptions for 1,405 yards and eighteen touchdowns, also pacing the ACC with 24 catches that netted 20 yards or longer…Scored at least one time in each of his final ten games…His 82 grabs tied Sammy Watson (2011) for second on the school and eighth on the ACC season-record list, as Aaron Kelly holds the Clemson mark with 88 catches in 2007…His 1,405 receiving yards set a new school record and is the second-best season total in ACC annals, as he topped Sammy Watkins’ previous Clemson mark of 1,219 yards in 2011 and falls behind Torry Holt of North Carolina State (1,604 in 1998) on the conference list…His eighteen touchdown catches set both school and conference annual records, surpassing the Acc mark of seventeen scores by Clarkston Hines of Duke (1989) and twelve touchdowns by Sammy Watkins in 2011…Attempted one pass vs. Georgia Tech and recorded a solo tackle vs. Boston College…Hopkins opened the season with thirteen receptions for 119 yards and a score vs. Auburn and closed out his career with another thirteen grabs for 191 yards and a pair of touchdowns vs. Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. His thirteen catches set the school game-record, topping the old mark of twelve grabs by Airese Currie vs. Middle Tennessee State in 2003…In the Tigers’ second game, he pulled in six passes for 105 yards and three touchdowns vs. Ball State and scored three more times via four snares for 128 yards vs. Duke. His three scores tied a school game-record that was first established by Dreher Gaskin vs. Auburn in 1953, followed by Tony Horne vs. Texas-El Paso in 1997 and then by Rod Gardner vs. North Carolina in 2000…Caught eleven passes for a career-high 197 yards and a score vs. Boston College, breaking the previous school game-record of 182 yards by Rod Gardner vs. North Carolina in 2000…His fourth 100-yard receiving performance for the season came the next week, as he hauled in seven balls for 173 yards and two touchdowns, also scoring on a two-point conversion vs. Georgia Tech. His 173 yards rank fifth on the school game-record chart.

 

2011 SEASON

Hopkins received All-American honorable mention and All-ACC first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report, as the sophomore appeared in fourteen games, starting eleven contests at split end…Finished second on the team and sixth in the conference with 72 receptions for 978 yards (13.58 ypc), as his yardage total is the sixth-highest in a campaign by a Tiger…Scored five times and had thirteen catches for twenty yards or longer…His 72 catches placed fifth on the school season-record chart behind his own 82 catches in 2012,

Aaron Kelly (88 in 2007), Sammy Watkins (82 in 2011) and Rod Gardner (80 in 1999)…His average of 69.86 yards receiving per game placed sixth in the ACC for 2011…Had at least five receptions in eight games, including five for 73 yards and a score vs. Wofford; seven for 83 yards and a touchdown vs. Auburn; and five for 78 yards along with 29 yards on two punt returns vs. Florida State…Pulled down nine tosses for a season-best 157 yards and a touchdown vs. North Carolina, as his 157 yards rank eighth on the school game-record list…Gained 124 yards on five snatches vs. North Carolina State, totaled seven for 92 vs. Virginia Tech in the ACC title clash and then closed out the year with ten receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown vs. West Virginia in the Orange Bowl.

 

2010 SEASON

Hopkins received Freshman All-American third-team accolades from Phil Steele and The NFL Draft Report, as the Freshman All-ACC receiver and punt returner was named the Tigers’ Rookie-of-the-Year…In addition to playing football, he suited up for the Tigers basketball squad after the football season. He was a member of Clemson’s NCAA Tournament team, but did not travel to the tourney…On the gridiron, he became the first freshman since Derrick Hamilton in 2001 to lead the team in receptions, snaring 52 tosses for 637 yards (12.25 ypc) and four touchdowns, securing eight passes that gained at least twenty yards…Had two kickoff returns for 32 yards and two punt returns for 33 yards, in addition to posting a solo tackle vs. Presbyterian…Appeared in twelve games, starting eight at split end while sitting out the Maryland clash…His receptions and yards gained set new school freshman season records…Gained at least 100 yards in three of his final four appearances, starting with 106 yards on eight grabs vs. Florida State; 124 yards with a score on seven catches vs. South Carolina and pulled in nine throws for 105 yards vs. South Florida in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

 

INJURY REPORT

2010 Season…Hopkins sat out the Maryland contest (10/16) after he suffered an upper body muscular injury during practice (10/13).

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.56 in the 40-yard dash…1.59 10-yard dash…2.53 20-yard dash…4.15 20-yard shuttle…

11.20 60-yard shuttle…6.70 three-cone drill…36 ½-inch vertical jump…10’4” broad jump… Bench pressed 225 pounds 16 times…32 ¼-inch arm length…10-inch hands…76 ½-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Hopkins attended D.W. Daniel (Central, S.C.) High School, playing football for head coach Randy Robinson…Registered 57 receptions for 1,266 yards and 18 touchdowns on offense and 28 interceptions, returning five for touchdowns on defense…In addition to his performance on offense and defense, Hopkins had eleven punt returns for 289 yards and three touchdowns, along with two kickoff returns for 119 yards and one score as a senior…For the 2009 campaign, he scored seven times receiving, twice on interception returns, three more on punt returns, once on a kickoff return, and one more time on a fumble return, en route to garnering Class AAA Back-of-the-Year accolades…Rated the 12th-best receiver in the nation and the state’s eighth-best overall prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com regarded the versatile performer as the 14th-ranked cornerback in the prep ranks and ESPN rated him the country’s 29th-best athlete…Super Prep’s sixth-ranked athlete in the state of South Carolina, Hopkins received All-State first-team honors from the Charlotte Observer and The State, adding All-Southern honors from the Orlando Sentinel…A finalist for state “Mr. Football” accolades, he was twice named All-State (defense) by the Associated Press…Participated in the Offense-Defense All American game and the Shrine Bowl…Two-time Seneca Daily Journal Player-of-the-Year and Anderson Independent Player-of-the-Year choice, in addition to receiving Class AAA All-State honors from the High School Sports Report as a junior and senior…Added co-Region Player-of-the-Year recognition as a senior and was a three-time all-region pick…

Led D.W. Daniel High to a 37-4 record during his gridiron career…Was also a four-year starter for the school’s basketball team…On the hardwood, the three-time All-State choice tallied over 1,300 points, 400 rebounds, 600 assists, and 200 steals in his career…He averaged 20.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 8.4 assists, and 4.0 steals per game as a sophomore, finishing with averages of 18.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game as a junior while leading the team to a state title as a senior.

 

 

 

 

PERSONAL

Hopkins is a Community Recreation, Sport, & Camp Management major…Nephew of the late Terry Smith, who had 162 receptions as a Clemson Tiger from 1990-93…Born 6/06/92… Resides in Central, South Carolina.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

RECEIVING STATISTICS…R/PG indicates receptions per game…GM/AVG indicates average yards gained per game.
STATS GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/PG GM/AVG
2010 12 08   52     0637 12.25  04    45   4.33    053.08
2011 14 11   72     0978 13.58  05    50   5.14    069.86
2012 13 13   82     1405 17.13  18    62   6.31    108.08
TOTAL 39 32 206     3020 14.66  27    62   5.28    077.44

 

PUNT RETURNS KICKOFF RETURNS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2010  02        33 16.50  00    31  02        32 16.00  00    16
2011  10        49 04.90  00    22  00        00 00.00  00    00
TOTAL  12        82 06.83  00    31  02        32 16.00  00    16

 

HOPKINS GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Receiving

Off
R/P

Pts

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Att

Made

Auburn 09/01/12 Auburn 26-19

Yes

13

119

1

1

0

0

6

Ball St. 09/08/12 Ball St. 52-27

Yes

6

105

3

3

0

0

18

Furman 09/15/12 Furman 41-7

Yes

7

95

0

0

0

0

0

Florida St. 09/22/12 at Florida St. 37-49

Yes

5

88

1

1

0

0

6

Boston College 09/29/12 at Boston College 45-31

Yes

11

197

1

1

0

0

6

Georgia Tech 10/06/12 Georgia Tech 47-31

Yes

7

173

2

2

1

1

14

Virginia Tech 10/20/12 Virginia Tech 38-17

Yes

3

68

1

1

0

0

6

Wake Forest 10/25/12 at Wake Forest 42-13

Yes

6

64

1

1

0

0

6

Duke 11/03/12 at Duke 56-20

Yes

4

128

3

3

0

0

18

Maryland 11/10/12 Maryland 45-10

Yes

4

59

1

1

0

0

6

North Carolina St. 11/17/12 North Carolina St. 62-48

Yes

2

75

1

1

0

0

6

South Carolina 11/24/12 South Carolina 17-27

Yes

1

43

1

1

0

0

6

LSU 12/31/12 LSU 25-24

Yes

13

191

2

2

0

0

12

Season Totals

82

1405

18

18

1

1

110

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Receiving

Punt Ret.

Kickoff
Ret.

Off
R/P

Pts

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Att

Made

North Texas 09/04/10 North Texas 35-10

Yes

2

23

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Presbyterian 09/11/10 Presbyterian 58-21

Yes

1

9

1

1

2

0

2

32

0

1

0

0

6

Auburn 09/18/10 at Auburn 24-27

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Miami (FL) 10/02/10 Miami (FL) 21-30

Yes

3

37

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

North Carolina 10/09/10 at North Carolina 16-21

Yes

7

46

0

1

31

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Maryland 10/16/10 Maryland 31-7

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia Tech 10/23/10 Georgia Tech 27-13

Yes

4

50

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Boston College 10/30/10 at Boston College 10-16

Yes

1

21

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

North Carolina St. 11/06/10 North Carolina St. 14-13

Yes

5

80

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

6

Florida St. 11/13/10 at Florida St. 13-16

Yes

8

106

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Wake Forest 11/20/10 at Wake Forest 30-10

Yes

5

36

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

6

South Carolina 11/27/10 South Carolina 7-29

Yes

7

124

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

6

South Fla. 12/31/10 South Fla. 26-31

Yes

9

105

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

52

637

4

2

33

0

2

32

0

4

0

0

24

 

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