2011: Played in all 14 games ... Played 23 snaps on defense and 136 on special teams ... Had two tackles and a pass breakup against Appalachian State ... Saw brief special teams action at ECU ... Worked nine special teams in the win over Arkansas State ... Was in on 12 special teams plays at Marshall ... Played 11 special teams snaps against Clemson and nine more in the win over Miami ... Worked 14 special teams snaps against Wake Forest and BC ... Saw action for six snaps on special teams at Duke and nine more at Georgia Tech ... Contributed on special teams for nine plays against UNC ... Worked three plays in the secondary at Virginia and 11 on special teams ... Tallied eight plays on special teams in the ACC Championship Game against Clemson.
2010: Played in 12 games … Started on the kickoff team and also worked at the rover position … Contributed 10 tackles during the season … Saw his first action in the ECU game, including four plays at rover and eight on special teams … Also saw brief time at rover against Boston College and contributed a tackle … Was in on a tackle on special teams at NC State … Recorded a tackle while working 14 plays at rover and nine on special teams against Central Michigan … Played on special teams against Wake Forest … Broke up a pass against Duke while playing 12 plays … Picked up four plays on defense and six on special teams in the GT game … Had a tackle on defense at UNC … Turned in a pair of special team tackles against Miami … Picked up a tackle while playing 14 plays on defense against Virginia … Added a pair of tackles in the win over Florida State … Bench pressed 340-pounds and ran a 4.37 in the 40 during off-season testing … Moved to tailback for spring practice … Carried eight times for 23 yards in the second scrimmage of the spring … Picked up 29 yards on five carries during the Maroon-White game.
2009: Redshirted during the fall … Worked at the field corner position … His 335-pound bench press was the highest among the defensive backs during off-season testing … Also turned in a 37-inch vertical jump … Moved to rover for spring practice … Posted six tackles during Tech’s third spring scrimmage … Intercepted a pass and returned it five yards in another scrimmage … Registered two tackles in the Maroon-White game.
High School: A valuable player for Coach Bob Paroli … Ranked the No. 33 cornerback prospect in the nation according to ESPN/Scouts, Inc. … Listed the No. 89 cornerback prospect nationally by Scout.com … Ranked the No. 21 player in the state of North Carolina by SuperPrep … A member of SuperPrep’s Mid-Atlantic Team … Named to PrepStar’s All-Atlantic Region Team as a defensive back … As a tailback, ran for 192 yards and scored four touchdowns in the 4-A championship game – a 28-7 victory by Seventy-First – his senior season … Ran for nearly 1,400 yards and 26 touchdowns his final year … A first-team all-state pick as an athlete by NCpreps.com … Had 88 tackles and an interception as a junior … Ran for 272 yards on 28 carries and scored four touchdowns in limited action offensively his junior season.
Personal: James G. Hopper … Born 2/28/91 in Ansbach, Germany … Son of John and Tracy Hoff … Enrolled in human development.