Texans coaches excited to see Hopkins play
DeAndre Hopkins was a great college wide receiver at Clemson and set an ACC record with 18 touchdown catches last season. That much you already might have know. Below are 10 things that you might not have known about the Texans’ first-round pick.
- Hopkins is the first player from Clemson University to be drafted by the Texans. Texans president Jamey Rootes served as student body president at Clemson and was a member of the Tigers’ two national title-winning soccer teams in 1984 and 1987.
- Hopkins and Andre Johnson both played three seasons of collegiate football before entering the NFL draft a year early. The two are the only receivers the Texans have ever taken in the first round. Here’s how their college careers stack up against one another. Catches: Johnson (92), Hopkins (206). Yards: Johnson (1,831), Hopkins (3,020). Average: Johnson (19.9), Hopkins (14.7). Touchdowns: Johnson (20), Hopkins (27).
- Hopkins was the 12th-best receiver in the nation and the 14th-best cornerback in the country coming out of D.W. Daniel High School in South Carolina. Hopkins was actually more of a cornerback in high school.
- Hopkins played basketball for the Tigers after the football season ended in 2010-11; He was a member of Clemson’s NCAA Tournament team. In High School Hopkins was a three-time All-State performer in basketball and finished with over 1,300 points, 400 rebounds, 600 assists and 200 steals.
- Hopkins picked the right sport. He’s Clemson’s all-time leader in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, 100-yard receiving games and is just one of two players in ACC history to total at least 50 receptions as both a freshman and sophomore.
- He loves the big stage. Hopkins has recorded over 100 yards in all three bowl games while at Clemson, including 191 yards and two touchdowns over No. 7 LSU in the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl.
- Hopkins uncle, the late Terry Smith, was also a wide receiver at Clemson and finished his career as a Tiger in 1993 as the schools all-time leader in catches (162) and in yards (2,681).
- Hopkins has UNREAL hands. Watch for yourself.
- His nickname is “Nuk”. His mother started calling him that after the type of pacifier that he used to suck on when he was a kid.
- He already has a big fan in Johnson. Johnson and Hopkins went out to eat together, along with a few other people, on Hopkins first night in Houston. ”I told him that if he ever needs anything, he can always come to me,” Johnson said. “I’ll always make sure that he’s doing the right thing and that I’m helping him as much as I can.”
Johnson also added that Hopkins had a ton of questions for him and can’t image how many he’s going to ask once the season starts. It’s good to know Hopkins is so eager to learn from a great receiver like Johnson.