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Dustin Hopkins: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Florida State Kicker

Alessandro MiglioFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2013

Dustin Hopkins: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Florida State Kicker

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    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.

     

    Combine results courtesy of NFL.com. College stats courtesy of sports-reference.com.

Background

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    Full Name: Dustin Hopkins

    Birthday: October 1, 1990

    Hometown: Houston, Texas

    School: Florida State

    Year: Senior

    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

Collegiate Stats

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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.

     

    Kicking

    Year XPM XPA XP% FGM FGA FG% Pts
    2009 40 44 90.9 19 27 70.4 97
    2010 53 53 100 22 28 78.6 119
    2011 44 44 100 22 27 81.5 110
    2012 65 66 98.5 25 30 83.3 140
    Career 202 207 97.6 88 112 78.6 466

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 6'2"

    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.

Record Breaker

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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

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