Dustin Hopkins: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Florida State Kicker
Gone are the days of "Wide Left," and the Florida State Seminoles have Dustin Hopkins to thank.
The big-legged former Seminole enters the NFL draft as arguably the top kicker, fighting rival Caleb Sturgis for those honors. Here are five things you need to know about him.
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Full Name: Dustin Hopkins
Birthday: October 1, 1990
Hometown: Houston, Texas
School: Florida State
Major: Media/communication studies
Twitter: @DaHop18 (unverified)
Hopkins was the consensus top kicker in the country when he was recruited by FSU. He also played in the secondary in high school
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Some of the statistics Dustin Hopkins put up are quite impressive.
A four-year starter, Hopkins missed just one extra point attempt after missing four his freshman season. He was as clutch as they come in college, exemplified by nailing a 55-yard field goal to beat Clemson in 2010.
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Weight: 193 lbs.
Arm Length: 31 3/4"
Hand Size: 8 7/8"
Pro Day Results
40-yard dash: 4.74 seconds (top performer)
Vertical jump: 33.5 inches (top performer)
Broad jump: 116.0 inches (top performer)
Not only is Dustin Hopkins a good kicker, he's a good athlete to boot. No wonder he was a defensive back in high school.
Hopkins had combine numbers that rivaled or surpassed many others competing at various positions. He outperformed Manti Te'o, among others.
Not that he will need that too much in the NFL, aside from the occasional kickoff tackle.
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Dustin Hopkins leaves college football as one of the most prolific players in history Not only did he win awards galore, he challenged or broke several records along the way.
At one point in his career, Hopkins made 145 consecutive extra point attempts. You would think those are automatic, but that figure is good for sixth in FBS history.
More impressively, Hopkins broke the FBS record for career points, setting the mark at 466 before his career was over.
What Social Media Is Saying
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Dustin Hopkins is widely considered to be the best kicker in the draft, but kickers get no love on Twitter. At least when it comes to draft buzz.
#FSU PK Dustin Hopkins also performed well. Kicked off with authority and made every FG from 23yds all the way up to 58-yarder to close day.— Senior Bowl (@seniorbowl) March 19, 2013
Let the Caleb Sturgis-Dustin Hopkins kick-off for the Groza begin.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) November 24, 2012
Dustin Hopkins paints his own shoes gold. Really want some wide left action yfrog.com/o06qocojj
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) October 29, 2011