DeAndre Hopkins to Turn Professional

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CLEMSON, SC - Clemson All-America receiver DeAndre "Nuk" Hopkins, who caught at least one touchdown pass against all 12 FBS opponents the Tigers played in 2012, has decided to forego his senior year and will enter the 2013 NFL draft. Hopkins told his teammates at a team meeting late Thursday afternoon.

"It is tough to leave because this is my home, this is the place I wanted to play since I came out of the womb," said Hopkins. "But, I feel it is best for me and my family to take my talents to NFL at this time.

"I have to thank the Clemson alumni, the fans, the coaches and my teammates for all the support they have given me through the good times and the bad. No matter what I will always be a Clemson Tiger."

Hopkins had one of the best seasons in Clemson history from a receiving standpoint. The native of Central, SC and nearby Daniel High School had 82 receptions for 1405 yards and 18 touchdowns in 13 games. He established ACC records for touchdown receptions in a season, consecutive games with at least one touchdown reception (10) and most games with a reception touchdown (12).

He finished the season with 13 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns in Clemson's win over seventh ranked LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, a 25-24 Clemson victory. His yardage total was a record for the 45-year old bowl game. He was named to a national All-Bowl team as selected by Sports Illustrated this week.

"Nuk was a big reason we won 11 games and reached a final number-10 national ranking," said Head Coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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. "We have had many talks and he feels it is the best thing for him and his family. I fully support him in his decision.

"He will make an outstanding professional. He has the best hands and ability to catch the ball in traffic I have seen in a long time. He has done a lot for this program and we wish him much success at the next level. We all look forward to following his progress."

Hopkins established Clemson career records for touchdown receptions (27), 100-yard receiving games (12), and total reception yards (3020). He is second in total receptions with 206 for his 39 career games. The 191-yard game in the Chick-fil-A Bowl was his sixth 100-yard game of the year, tying the Clemson single season mark. He caught at least one pass in each of his last 36 games to tie Jerry ButlerJerry Butler
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# 6-0, 180
Ware Shoals, SC

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's (1975-78) record.

Hopkins also tied the Clemson mark for touchdown receptions in a game with three on two occasions this year, once against Ball State and once at Duke. Twice he scored three touchdowns in under nine minutes.

Hopkins was named first-team All-ACC and was a second-team All-America selection by Athlon, CBS Sports, Lindy's, Phil Steele and He was a third-team selection by Associated Press. He was also a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award.

Nationally, Hopkins ranked second in the nation in touchdown receptions and was fourth in receiving yardage.

Records Set by DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
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Central, SC

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Game (3)

Total Receptions: 13 vs. Auburn, LSU
Touchdown Receptions: ^3 vs. Ball State, Duke
Shortest Time 3 Touchdowns: 7:47 vs. Duke
Season (7)

Touchdown Receptions: #18
Consecutive 100-yard Games: ^3
100-Yard Receiving Games: ^6
Receiving Yards/Game: 108.1
Total Receiving Yards: 1405
Consecutive Games Receiving Touchdown: #10
Most Games with TD Catch: #12
Career: (4)

Touchdown Receptions: 27
100-Yard Receiving Games: 12
Receiving Yards: 3,020
Consecutive Games Catching a Pass: ^36
^ - Denotes tied record
# - ACC Record

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Front Page Story: DeAndre Hopkins to Turn Professional
Re: Front Page Story: DeAndre Hopkins to Turn Professional
Im taking Nuk in my Fantasy Football league next year...***
North and James
Thoughts on Marquez North and Charone Peake
Prime T. Tiger
Re: North and James
Re: Front Page Story: DeAndre Hopkins to Turn Professional
Nice first post my man, point for you.***
Creates great opportunity for Bryant, Peake,
Charone Peake
Prime T. Tiger
he glides. amazing stride***
Go get 'em young man. We appreciate all you've done
Will miss hearing NUUUUUUUUUUUK! on Saturdays...
Dr Claw
Re: Front Page Story: DeAndre Hopkins to Turn Professional
God bless him. That man has really grown this year.***
I remember when Derrick Hamilton left early and some booed
CM Shack
Re: Great young man...
What a void to fill ...
Like that famous song...
Re: Front Page Story: DeAndre Hopkins to Turn Professional
well, dang it.
You'll be missed, Nuk
Am I correct? He will qualify for HOF but not ROH.
Frank Howard***
If he comes back to finish his degree, he'd become eligible***
Re: Front Page Story: DeAndre Hopkins to Turn Professional
Thank you Nuuuuuuuuuukkkkkkkk
Re: Thank you Nuuuuuuuuuukkkkkkkk
I look forward to seeing NUK...
I remember seeing Nuk in his frosh year opener against UNT.
The biggest issue with not playing Nuke more was...
Or like he's just a complete doosh.***
Basketball is irrelevant to Nuk's freshman year playing time
Re: Front Page Story: DeAndre Hopkins to Turn Professional
One of our Best players gone. Good for him. Just terrible
Re: Front Page Story: DeAndre Hopkins to Turn Professional
9194 tiger
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Wish Nuk all the best, would LOVE to see him in Miami.

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