NIU captured its first MAC football championship since 1983, defeating Ohio, 23-20
Ran for 1,322 yards and scored 17 touchdowns on the ground in his two seasons at NIU. Caught 16 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown. His 15 rushing touchdowns in 2011 put him in 11th place in NIU single-season history, ahead of Michael Turner's 14 in 2003.
2011: Started all 14 games at tailback for the Huskies... Consensus second team All Mid-American Conference selection... Named the NIU Offensive Back of the Year by the coaching staff... Scored a team-high 16 touchdowns, including 15 on the ground, to rank ninth in the MAC... Found the endzone in nine of the 14 games during the season, including scores in five straight from Oct. 15 through Nov. 15... Tallied five multi-touchdown games during the season... Scored three touchdowns in the Western Michigan (10-15) and Buffalo (10-22) games... Ranked second on the team and ninth in the MAC with 956 rushing yards on 187 carries... Averaged 5.1 yards per rush and 68.3 yards per game... Led NIU in rushing in four games and recorded three 100-yard rushing days on the season... Caught 12 passes for 54 yards and a touchdown... Had five carries of 25 yards or longer, including a season-long 57 yard scamper against Army (9-3)... Set career-highs in rushing attempts (22) and yards (143) versus Cal Poly (9-24)... Started the season with a 14-carry, 138-yard performance against Army (9-3), earning NIU Offensive Skill Player of the Week honors... Garnered the NIU Offensive Skill Player of the Week award after running for 95 yards on 19 carries and catching three passes for 20 yards at Central Michigan (10-1)... Scored two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving, against the Chippewas... Ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries versus Ball State (11-15), in addition to a seven-yard reception... Earned NIU Offensive Skill Player of the Week honors following the comeback win over the rival Cardinals... Paced the Huskie offense with 60 yards rushing in the MAC Championship game against Ohio (12-2) with 31 yards during NIU's fourth quarter comeback... Picked up NIU Offensive Skill Player of the Week recognition after scoring three touchdowns at Buffalo (10-22)... Gained 91 yards and scored three touchdowns on 14 carries versus Western Michigan (10-15)... Top blocking tailback on the Huskie team.
2010: Spent his first season at NIU backing up Vern Smith Award winner Chad Spann at tailback. Saw action in 13 games and ranked third on the team in rushing with 366 yards on 38 carries, including two touchdowns. Averaged 9.6 yards per carry and scored a pair of rushing touchdowns. Had at least one carry in 10 of NIU's 14 games on the year. Caught four passes for 10 yards and returned 12 kickoffs for 224 yards to average 18.7 yards per kickoff. Totaled 600 all-purpose yards to rank fifth on the team. Rushed for 22 yards on five carries and added a six-yard reception in his NIU debut in the season opener at Iowa State (9-2). Completed his first career touchdown pass on a 19-yard completion to Landon Cox at Illinois (9-18) to bring NIU within two points (21-19) in the fourth quarter. Rushed for 70 yards on five carries, including a 55-yard touchdown run against Toledo (11-9). Posted his firstcareer 100-yard rushing game with a career-high 104 yards on just four carries at Eastern Michigan (11-26) highlighted by a 74-yard touchdown run, Had a 110-yard all-purpose day at Akron with three kickoff returns, including a season-long 33-yarder, and 29 rushing yards on five carries. Posted a 35-yard rush versus Fresno State in the Humanitarian Bowl (12-18). Picked up 41 yards on four carries with a long of 38 versus North Dakota (9-11). Notched 32-yard kickoff returns in the Temple (10-9) and Buffalo (10-16) games. Participated in 2010 spring practices after arriving on campus at NIU for spring 2010 semester.
Fort Scott C.C.: Named National Junior College Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year and Jayhawk Conference Player of the Year after leading the NJCAA in rushing with 1,931 yards and helping lead the Fort Scott Greyhounds to their first Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference title in 35 years and the first Region 6 title in school history. Led the nation in rushing yards per game with 160.9, while his 16 rushing touchdowns were tied for fifth. Also garnered KJCCC Offensive Player of the Year honors, leading the league in rushing yards, all-purpose yards, scoring and touchdowns. Averaged 25 carries per game, posting 11 straight 100 games, including four 200-yard rushing games. In two seasons, totaled 3,158 rushing yards - second highest total in school history - while helping the Greyhounds to 20 victories. Rushed for a season-high 267 yards on 35 carries and scored two touchdowns against Garden City (Kan.) on Sept. 19, 2009. Gained 188 rushing yards on 35 carries in national championship game against Blinn JC. Collected 1,250 yards on 300 carries and 12 touchdowns in his first year with the Greyhounds. Also caught three passes for touchdowns his freshman season. Team advanced to nationals where they finished as runners-up after claiming the conference championship title.
High School: Ran for 1,901 yards on 250 carries, and 28 touchdowns his senior season in 2006 to set the school record for most rushing yards in a single season. Earned All-Gaston Gazette honors while leading East Gaston to a co-Big South Conference title and a school-record 11 victories. Tallied 120 yards and one touchdown on two kickoff returns his final season. Named to first team all-conference squad as a senior. Also named Team MVP and the team's Best Running Back as a senior. Multi-sport athlete also played basketball, baseball and track.
Personal: Born May 2, 1989 in Charlotte, N.C. Son of Helen Clark. Majoring in general studies.
HOPKINS' CAREER STATISTICS
HOPKINS' CAREER GAME HIGHS Rushing Attempts: 6, at Illinois, 9-18-10 Rushing Yards: 104, at Eastern Michigan, 11-26-10 Long: 74, at Eastern Michigan, 11-26-10 Touchdowns: 1, twice, last at Eastern Michigan 11-26-10