Not everything is doom and gloom after the loss to Nevada, as Brycen Hopkins was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week across College Football.
Hopkins had a great game on Friday night in Reno. He was targeted 7 times, catching 6 of those passes, and finished with 84 yards and a touchdown. Hopkins’ two shortest completions came on the first drive of the game, where he had a 5-yard catch and 2-yard catch, which ended up being Purdue’s opening touchdown. Hopkins’ other catches went for 9, 21, 21, and 26 yards, respectively.
Unfortunately for Purdue, Hopkins was not targeted at all after the David Bell touchdown that put Purdue up 31-14 in the 3rd quarter*. Given Hopkins’ great evening, he probably could have racked up more yards if given the chance in the 4th quarter, and maybe help Purdue seal the game.*
Anyways, I’m not bitter. Here’s hoping Hopkins earns this award a few more times this season!
*I stand corrected on this, as I didn’t realize he was sick and throwing up in the 4th quarter, which contributed to him not playing/being targeted. I can’t blame him, as I too wasn’t feeling well watching Purdue in the 4th quarter.