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DeAndre Hopkins

CLEMSON - Freshman wide receiver talks with CUTigers.com before Clemson's annual fan day.

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Clemson wide receivers coach Jeff Scott called him the most physical blocker of all of his wide outs earlier in preseason camp.

Head coach Dabo Swinney has confirmed on multiple occasions he's poised to help Clemson's wide receivers as soon as he steps on the field.

And he's only a true freshman.

Make no mistake about it, DeAndre Hopkins, despite suffering from a couple of minor injuries over the last week or so, is poised to make a contribution to the Tigers' offense in the 2010 season opener against North Texas.

Speaking with CUTigers during Clemson's fans day Sunday, Hopkins said it can't come soon enough.

"It's going to be crazy," he said. "It's going to be a dream come true for me (running down the hill). I've had some cousins and uncles do it but to see and imagine all of the fans that are going to be here- it's going to be crazy."

Of course, it hasn't come easy for him.

Swinney revealed Sunday Hopkins was in a little over his head once camp got underway nearly three weeks ago. Hopkins has also suffered some bumps and bruises in the last week as well.


"It's going to be crazy," he said. "It's going to be a dream come true for me (running down the hill). I've had some cousins and uncles do it but to see and imagine all of the fans that are going to be here- it's going to be crazy." (Roy Philpott)
"He actually didn't finish the first three days of camp," Swinney said. "He probably doesn't want me to tell you that but he was getting an I.V., he had lost seven pounds and he was having a rough time. But he puts everything he's got into every single play- that's how he's wired.

"The people that know DeAndre Hopkins know what I'm talking about. It doesn't matter if he's playing marbles, pickup basketball or whatever- that sucker competes. And that's why he's going to be a great player. He's on his way and he's made a lot of progress in camp."

The injury, which has been mainly focused on his shoulder, appears to have completely healed. In fact, Hopkins was given a clean bill of health this weekend by the Clemson medical staff.

"I wanted to practice last week but I'm 100 percent right now," he said. "It was an AC joint- I sprained it. They actually just checked me out and it's healed. I'm back at 100 percent this week."

And that's good news, especially considering with less than two weeks remaining until the Tigers take to the field against North Texas, time is running out for him to secure his spot in Clemson's regular rotation.

Even so, he's not worried.

"It's been a long process but I'm just trying to get better and learn these plays," he said. "But my teammates and coaches have been doing a good job helping me out with that. It's been a long struggle and I'm still going through the process that all freshmen go through.

"If I play then I'll play, if I don't, I don't. Hey- I'm just coming out to every practice and working hard."

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