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Brycen Hopkins Named John Mackey Award Semi-Finalist

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The 5th year senior named a semi-finalist for TE of the year.

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This season has had its ups an downs for Purdue Football so far, but one of the consistent shining stars of the season has been the tight end, Brycen Hopkins.

After being named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week after the Nevada and Maryland games, Hopkins has been named a Semi-Finalist for the John Mackey Award, which is given to the top tight end in the country each year.

Though the fifth year senior has not caught a touchdown since the Vanderbilt game thanks to 19-straight freshman touchdowns (damn youths!), Hopkins has still been able to make a huge impact on the field. So far this season, Hopkins has 561 receiving yards on 45 catches, which means he is averaging 12.5 yards per catch. Even if you exclude his best game so far this season (vs Maryland with 140 yards on 10 catches), his average comes down to 12.0 yards/catch. I am not an expert, but I’d say that’s pretty good...

While Hopkins has been kept out of the end zone for over two months, I assume the 5th year senior is ready to break that streak and have these kids get off his lawn.