Special Teams 1) Dustin Hopkins School: Florida State, Sr. Height: 6’ 2” Weight: 193 lbs. 40-Yard Dash 4.74 In a nutshell: Hopkins has handled both kickoffs and field goals ever since stepping on campus at Florida State as a freshman, a rare accomplishment for any kicker.
He’s the all-time leading scorer as a kicker in FBS history and twice made four field goals in bowl games. The first came as a freshman against West Virginia in the Gator Bowl, which was Bobby Bowden’s final game as coach. The next was as sophomore against South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
KICKER “unorthodox kickoff approach”
2) Caleb Sturgis School: Florida, Sr. Height: 5’ 10” Weight: 188 lbs. 40-Yard Dash n/a
First game: On his very first field goal attempt in the first football game of his college career, Hopkins coolly nailed a 52-yarder against instate rival Miami.
He also hit another field goal from 40-plus, finishing 2/2 on field goals on the day.
He did miss an extra point, but it’s worth noting that Hopkins only missed one extra point in four years that wasn’t blocked, according to his Hopkins’ field goal percentage imNFL.com profile. proved every year from 2009 to 2012 going from 70.4 to 78.6 to 81.5 2012 stats: 25/30 FGs, long of 56, to 83.3. 65/66 PATs, 140 points, 43 touchbacks on 104 kickoffs What gives him the edge over Caleb Sturgis is his higher trajectory, which avoids blocks on field goals and gets good hang time on kickoffs.
In a nutshell: The most important part of being a kicker in the NFL is converting your field goals, and Sturgis improved from connecting on 73.3 percent of his field goals as a sophomore in 2009 to 84.6 percent as a junior in 2011 and 85.7 percent in 2012.
He’s received a medical redshirt in 2010 when he missed nine games due to a back injury. Sturgis is a down-to-earth young man who has experience playing in big-time games and big stadiums in the SEC but hasn’t kicked much in cold climates.
The first thing people will notice about Hopkins is his unorthodox kickoff approach, but he makes it work and the unusual style doesn’t carry over to his place kicking.
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