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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
DeAndre Hopkins injured in car accident

By Heather Dinich

Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, the Tigers’ second-leading receiver, suffered a mild concussion in a car accident on Tuesday morning and did not travel with the team to the Discover Orange Bowl in Miami.

The good news is that Hopkins doesn't have any other serious injuries and he hopes to join his teammates soon, according to a school spokesman. No further details on the accident were immediately available.

“First of all, we are relieved that DeAndre is going to be all right,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said in a prepared statement. “He is lucky. We are told he does not have any serious injuries and we hope to have him join us soon. Obviously, DeAndre is one of the main parts of our offense and this would be a big loss if he is not able to play. But, it is too soon to speculate one way or another on his status for the game eight days from now.”

The Tigers will need their biggest contributors on the field in order to keep up with West Virginia's offense, which averages just under 35 points per game. What makes Clemson so good this year is its variety of playmakers and Hopkins is one of them. He is second on the team  behind Sammy Watkins with 62 receptions for 871 yards and four touchdowns this season. He had nine catches for 157 yards in the win over North Carolina, the most reception yards in a game by a Clemson player this year. He also serves as Clemson’s punt returner.

The most important thing is that Hopkins is OK, which he seems to be, according to the school's release. The sooner he can join the team the better, but the Tigers will need him at 100 percent.