DeAndre Hopkins to enter NFL draft

CLEMSON, S.C. (CLEM) 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 Swinney.{} "We have had many talks and he feels it is the best thing for he 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 Butler'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 Hopkins (14)

{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} {}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 Touchdo{}{}{} #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

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