Can DeAndre Hopkins replace Andre Johnson?
Sep 10, 2011; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (6) after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Wofford Terriers at Memorial Stadium. Tigers won 35 to 27. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
Compared to other college Freshman, DeAndre Hopkins was insanely young. When he was barely 18 years old, he was leading Clemson in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. An 18 year old was being covered by 20-22 year olds and taking them to school.
On top of being a football player, DeAndre Hopkins also played basketball at Clemson (Check out his high school basketball highlights). Clearly, being a dual sport athlete requires time but it adds experience that not every football player gets because it teaches time management and handwork. Playing basketball also made Hopkins a scrappier football player, smoother, and obviously helped him win jump balls in the Red Zone.
The following year on the football field, freshman Sammy Watkins and sophomore DeAndre Hopkins combined for over 2,000 yards and 17 TDs in an offense led by Tahj Boyd. The next season, Hopkins exploded and left Watkins in the dust.
In 2012 as a Junior, Nuk went on to break Clemson record books with a 82/1405/18 stat line. 18 touchdowns?!?! Keep in mind he is barely 20 years old! He also doubled superstar Watkins yardage total with only 25 more receptions. Hopkins averaged 17.1 yards per reception and immediately put himself on the first round map.
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