Photo-realistic Death Valley replica!
Hopkins says he expects to play in Orange Bowl


  by - Senior Writer - Thursday, December 29, 2011 5:51 PM
    |

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. – Clemson wide receiver DeAndre “Nuk” Hopkins said Thursday that he expects to play in the Orange Bowl versus West Virginia next Wednesday, but admitted that his accident Tuesday was scary.

Hopkins suffered a concussion in the accident and missed the team’s bus charter to Miami for the Orange Bowl. He caught up with the team on Wednesday, and while he didn’t practice, both he and Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
Head Coach
View Full Profile
said they expect Hopkins to play against the Mountaineers.

That allows the sophomore from Central to breathe a huge sigh of relief.

“I was on my way back to my apartment, which is right there near the stadium,” Hopkins said at the team hotel Thursday afternoon. “It was wet, and my car just hydroplaned and I went off the side of the road. It was crazy how fast it happened. I woke up and I was on the side of the road.

“The coaches told me that there were people who had stopped to help me, and that I was fortunate they were there. I really don’t remember much about it at all. I hit my head on the steering wheel and I lost consciousness, and then those people stopped and helped me. I want to thank them for taking time out of their busy day to stop and help me.”

Hopkins said he still has a slight headache, and doesn’t know when he will return to practice.

“It’s feeling better each day,” he said. “I hope to get out there soon. If I had to guess, I would say I would play right now.”

Swinney agreed with his wide out.

“I think he is going to be fine,” Swinney said. “He just had a slight concussion. He is very lucky that he was not seriously injured. I think he is really thankful that he is okay. Not many people would walk away from that wreck. He ran today and moved around a little bit and I expect him back this weekend and I expect him to play.”

Hopkins is second on the team with 62 receptions for 871 yards and four touchdowns.






Rate this Story:
8 votes
Send Feedback to David Hood: Email | Comment
    |
  •  
    Tigers play "road game" during Monday morning practice - 2 months ago
    Clemson plays two of its first three games on the road, and head coach Dabo Swinney moved the team across the road to Jervey Meadows for Monday morning's practice in an effort to get players out of their comfort zone.What does he say about the move? What did he see on film after the scrimmage? Full Story »
  •  
    Young backs and receivers, defense highlight first fall scrimmage - 2 months ago
    The Clemson football team held the first scrimmage of fall camp Saturday morning in Death Valley, and head coach Dabo Swinney said that several young players stood out on offense while the defense stood tall in short-yardage situations. Full Story »
  •  
    Swinney says tough week of practice is "by design" - 2 months ago
    The Clemson football held the first of what will be two Friday practices during a rainy morning session, and the team will follow up tonight's practice with the stadium scrimmage early Saturday. Why did he schedule so many sessions in a short time frame? What is the latest injury report? Full Story »
  •  
    Tiger Bytes: Dabo on Kurt Fleming, Jay Jay McCullough and other camp nuggets - 2 months ago
    Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said that 55 out of the 60 minutes during Tuesday's practice were spent going good on good. What is the latest injury report? What does he say about the kicking game? What are his thoughts on the running backs? Full Story »
  •  
    The Boys Are Back In Town - 2 months ago
    College football at Clemson finally gets back underway with the start of fall practice Friday, putting an end to downtime and trying to invent things to talk about. The boys are back in town. Full Story »

Subscribe to our RSS Feed
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Facebook
Sign Up for News Alerts
Features
Updates
Daily Digest