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FSU's Dustin Hopkins on a hot streak

10/17/2012

Wide right? What wide right?

FSU kicker Dustin Hopkins says he’s never seen it.

As Florida State prepares to travel to Miami on Saturday, it does so with one of the nation’s most successful kickers, and he’s on a hot streak.

For the second straight week, Hopkins has caught the attention of the Lou Groza Award selection committee, as Hopkins was named one of three Lou Groza Award Kicking Stars of the Week for the week of Oct. 14.

Hopkins shattered the ACC and Florida State career scoring records last weekend with a 15-point performance against Boston College. That gives him 402 career points, passing the records of 393 points set by Maryland’s Nick Novak (ACC, 2001-04) and Derek Schmidt. Hopkins, who also has 75 field goals -- five short of the ACC record set by Novak -- moved into eighth place on the NCAA list for points by kicking. The NCAA scoring mark is 439 points set by Boise State’s Kyle Brotzman during the 2007-10 seasons.

After a slow start, Hopkins has now kicked three field goals in each of his past three games and has made his last eight attempts.

“The thing about Dustin, he’s a phenomenal athlete,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. “He’s really big for a kicker, he’s around 6-2, but he’s a 4.5 guy. He can run 4.5. He verticals high-to-mid 30s. He dunks basketballs and all that good stuff. He’s a really good athlete and I think that helps his durability, his athleticism, his flexibility, all the things that go with that. … He’s a better person off the field. He’s a tremendous student, an ambassador for the university, the program and the school, and he represents what’s right about college athletics and people in general. He doesn’t get too high, doesn’t get too low, keeps everything in perspective.”

Hopkins has now made 75 of 97 field goal attempts (.766) and 177 of 182 PATs. His string of consecutive PATs ended earlier this year against Savannah State at 145, the sixth-longest such streak in NCAA history. His 75 career field goals place him second on the ACC career list. He needs six more to break Novak’s ACC career mark (80).

“He has a huge effect in a lot of ways,” Fisher said. “We’re not scared to put him out there at different times, different places in the game. Having that there is a big weapon.”