Talented wideout who had outstanding hands and ball skills ... had 206 receptions for 3,020 yards and 27 touchdowns, 12 punt returns for 82 yards, and two kickoff returns for 32 yards in 2,059 snaps over 39 games (32 starts) in his career ... first in school history in receiving yards, first in receiving touchdowns, first in 100-yard receiving games (12), and second in receptions ... became the second player in ACC history to total at least 50 receptions as both a freshman and sophomore ... had at least one reception in each of his last 36 games, tied for the school record ... only Tiger in history with multiple 100-yard receiving performances in bowl games; he had three; had 32 receptions for 403 yards and three touchdowns in three career bowl games ... played basketball for the Tigers after the football season ended in 2010-11; he was a member of Clemson’s NCAA Tournament team, but did not travel to the tourney.
2012: One of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award ... Maxwell Award Watch List member ... second-team All-American by Athlon, CBSSports.com, Lindy’s, Phil Steele, and Scout.com ... third-team All-American by AP ... honorable mention All-American by SI.com and Sporting News ... First-Team All-ACC selection (media, coaches) ... first-team All-ACC by CBSSports.com, CollegeFootballNews.com, ESPN.com, and Phil Steele ... had 82 receptions for 1,405 yards and an ACC-record 18 touchdowns in 738 snaps over 13 games (13 starts) ... had at least one receiving touchdown in each of the last 10 games, the longest streak in ACC and school history ... first in school history in receiving touchdowns, first in receiving yards, first in receiving yards per game (108.1), tied for second in receptions, tied for second in touchdowns, and tied for third in receptions per game (6.3) ... second in the nation in receiving touchdowns, tied for second in receptions of 25+ yards (20), and sixth in receiving yards per game ... first in the ACC in receiving yards per game, first in receiving touchdowns, third in touchdowns, fourth in receptions per game, and sixth in points per game ... had a game-high 13 receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown against #25 Auburn at Atlanta, GA on Sept. 1; the 13 receptions set a school record; his four-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter gave Clemson the lead for good ... had six receptions for a game-high 105 yards and tied the school record with three touchdown catches (all less than nine minutes apart in the second quarter) against Ball State on Sept. 8 ... had seven receptions for 95 yards, both game-highs, against Furman on Sept. 15 ... had five receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown at #4 Florida State on Sept. 22 ... had a game-high 11 receptions for a game-high 197 yards and a touchdown at Boston College on Sept. 29; named team offensive player-of-the-game ... had a game-high seven receptions for a game-high 173 yards and two touchdowns along with a two-point conversion pass to Tajh Boyd against Georgia Tech on Oct. 6; named national wide receiver-of-the-week by CFPA; named ACC Receiver-of-the-Week; named team offensive player-of-the-game ... had three receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown against Virginia Tech on Oct. 20 ... had six receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown at Wake Forest on Oct. 25 ... had four receptions for a team-high 128 yards and tied the school record with three touchdowns (all in the first quarter) at Duke on Nov. 3 ... had four receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown against Maryland on Nov. 10 ... had two receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown against N.C. State on Nov. 17 ... had a 43-yard receiving touchdown against #12 South Carolina on Nov. 24 ... had a game-high 13 receptions for a game-high 191 yards and two touchdowns against #7 Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31; his 13 receptions tied his own school record; he set or tied school bowl game records in all three categories; named team co-offensive player-of-the-game ... Biletnikoff Award Watch List member in the preseason ... preseason CFPA Wide Receiver Watch List member ... #26 prospect for the 2013 NFL draft by Lindy’s ... #15 wide receiver in the nation in the preseason by Lindy’s ... preseason first-team All-ACC by Lindy’s and Phil Steele ... preseason second-team All-ACC by Athlon.
2011: Had 72 receptions (fourth-most in school history) for 978 yards (sixth-most) and five touchdowns along with 10 punt returns for 49 yards in 751 snaps over 14 games (11 starts) ... sixth in the ACC in receptions per game (5.1) and sixth in receiving yards per game (69.9) ... had four receptions for 35 yards and a five-yard punt return against Troy on Sept. 3 ... had a game-high five receptions for a team-high 73 yards and a touchdown reception along with a two-point conversion reception against Wofford on Sept. 10 ... had seven receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown against #19 Auburn on Sept. 17 ... had five receptions for 78 yards and 29 yards on two punt returns against #11 Florida State on Sept. 24 ... had two receptions for 47 yards against Boston College on Oct. 8 ... had four receptions for 22 yards and a touchdown at Maryland on Oct. 15 ... had a game-high nine receptions for a game-high 157 yards and a touchdown along with six yards on two punt returns against North Carolina on Oct. 22; named team co-offensive player-of-the-game ... had seven receptions for 83 yards at Georgia Tech on Oct. 29 ... had three receptions for 38 yards and a three-yard punt return against Wake Forest on Nov. 12 ... had a game-tying-high five receptions for a game-high 124 yards at N.C. State on Nov. 19; named team offensive player-of-the-game ... had a team-high seven receptions for a team-high 92 yards against #3 Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game on Dec. 3 ... had a team-high 10 receptions for a team-high 107 yards and a touchdown against #22 West Virginia in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4; the 10 catches set a school record for a bowl game.
2010: Third-team freshman All-American by Phil Steele ... honorable mention freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com ... first-team freshman All-ACC as a wide receiver and punt returner by Rivals.com ... Rookie-of-the-Year Award (offense) winner ... Clemson’s leading receiver with 52 catches for 637 yards and four touchdowns ... first freshman to lead Clemson in receptions since Derrick Hamilton in 2001, when he had 53 receptions ... first first-year freshman in school history to lead the team in receptions ... established school records for catches and receiving yards for a first-year freshman ... the fourth freshman to lead Clemson in receiving; one of the previous three was the late Terry Smith, Hopkins’ uncle, who led the 1990 team with 34 catches ... tied for ninth in the ACC in receptions per game (4.3); he was the only freshman in the top 10 ... tied the Clemson freshman record for receiving touchdowns ... among all freshmen in school history, his 52 catches were second-most and his 637 receiving yards were second-most ... had six combined catches in the first four games, but had 46 catches in his last eight games (he missed the Maryland game with an injury) ... had 34 catches for 451 yards in the last five games, an average of 6.9 catches for 90.2 yards per game ... had three 100-yard receiving games in the last four contests ... had a touchdown reception in three of the last five games ... had five knockdown blocks against #16 Miami (FL), the most by a Tiger wideout on the season ... team special teams player-of-the-game at North Carolina when he had a 31-yard punt return to set up a touchdown; named ACC Freshman-of-the-Week; had seven catches for 46 yards in 61 snaps in his first career start ... had eight catches for 106 yards at Florida State ... had seven catches for 124 yards against #17 South Carolina, including a 45-yard touchdown catch, to earn team offensive player-of-the-game honors by the coaches and the Edisto Clemson Club Offensive Player-of-the-South Carolina Game Award ... had nine catches for 105 yards, both game-highs, against South Florida.
Before Clemson: Rated as the #12 wide receiver in the nation and #8 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com ... #148 player in the nation and #4 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com ... #14 cornerback in the nation by Scout.com ... #29 athlete in the nation by ESPN.com ... #6 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep ... #6 athlete in the nation by SuperPrep ... first-team all-state by The State ... #3 player in South Carolina by Charlotte Observer ... participated in the Offense-Defense All American game and the Shrine Bowl ... first-team All-Southern by Orlando Sentinel ... Mr. Football finalist ... two-time AP All-State pick at defensive back ... two-time Seneca Daily Journal Player-of-the-Year ... two-time Anderson Independent Player-of-the-Year ... two-time AAA all-state by High School Sports Report ... co-region player-of-the-year as a senior ... three-time all-region pick ... had 28 career interceptions for 555 yards and five touchdowns ... had 57 receptions for 1,266 yards and 18 touchdowns in his career ... had 11 punt returns for 289 yards and three touchdowns as a senior ... had two kickoff returns for 119 yards and one touchdown as a senior ... had seven receiving touchdowns, two on interception returns, three on punt returns, one on a kickoff return, and one on a fumble return as a senior ... AAA Back-of-the-Year in South Carolina ... had two blocked kicks ... led D.W. Daniel High School to a 37-4 record in his career ... attended the same high school as former Clemson All-America center Kyle Young ... four-year starter on the hardwood ... had over 1,300 points, 400 rebounds, 600 assists, and 200 steals in his career ... averaged 20.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 8.4 assists, and 4.0 steals per game as a sophomore ... averaged 18.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game as a junior ... led D.W. Daniel High to a state title in basketball as a senior, the school’s first title since 1967 ... first-team all-state in basketball for three years ... coached by Randy Robinson in football at D.W. Daniel High School ... recruited by André Powell ... chose Clemson over Michigan, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Personal: Nephew of the late Terry Smith, who had 162 receptions as a Tiger from 1990-93 ... nicknamed “Nuk” ... majoring in community recreation, sport, & camp management ... born June 6, 1992.
*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide