Name: Stephen Hopkins
Position: Running Back
Height & Weight: 6’0” 215 lbs.
High School: Marcus Marauders (TX)
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On committing to U of M: “It was an easy decision. I wanted to do it last night, but I thought about it over night. The coaches are just normal people, down to earth, not above you. And the atmosphere blew any other atmosphere away. I’ve been to Texas A&M, Nebraska Alabama, Texas, Texas Tech … the atmosphere here at Michigan blew me out of the water."
Hopkins on himself: “If you need me to pick up a first down in a short-yardage situation, I’m your man, but I don’t want to be just a power back. Adrian Peterson can run over you, but he can also take it 80 yards if he gets an opening. So I’ve really been working hard on improving my speed. I think you’re going to see a lot more big plays from me this year.”
Scouts, Inc: “Hopkins has big-back size with deceptively good feet and lateral agility. Has a large, well-built frame, actually looks a bit taller than his listed measurables and still has some room to add bulk to his longer body. Could grow into a fullback if he continues to fill out. Hits the hole fast and does a job getting north quickly; does not take a lot of wasted lateral steps but shows he can bounce it outside to daylight without losing a lot in transition.. Needs some polish but has very good physical tools to mold up. May get a look at linebacker during his college career as well; the measurable are there.”
Bryan Erwin, Marcus Head Coach: “He’s one of those classic downhill runners that gets stronger as the game wears on. But at the same time, he does all the other things that you need from an every-down back. He can block. He can catch passes. Whatever you need him to do, he can do it.”
Jeremy, 5ATexasFootball.com: “He is a very impressive player. His size is rare with RBs today. He can run for speed and power. I didn’t see him on one of his better production days, but he’s one of those guys you know is a player just by watching him operate for a few plays. Physically, he is ahead of the game for his age.”
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