Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Stephen Hopkins: 2010 Michigan Wolverine -- Running Back -- Signing Day Recap

Posted at 4:00pm -- 2/9/2010

Stephen Hopkins: 2010 Michigan Wolverine

Height: 6'0
Weight: 235
Position: Running Back
High School: Flower Mound Marcus Marauders (Texas)
Head Coach: Bryan Erwin
Recruiter: Coach Fred Jackson
Class: 2010 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Enrolled)

Stephen has a good combination of size and athletic ability and is an all around back who shows the ability to play with and without the football.

Stephen is a big strong physical back who runs very well between the offensive tackles and has enough speed to also bounce outside. He is a willing blocker who has a nice stiff arm. He gets many yards after contact by keeping his feet moving and also has good initial quickness and straight-line speed.

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Needs work:
Stephen is not overly elusive and does not maintain speed on cuts. It would help if he got his pad level just a bit lower.

Stephen reminds us of this former Michigan Wolverine:
Leroy Hoard.

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Red-shirt or play his freshman year:
Red-shirt likely.

Where do they rank him:
ESPN: 3-Star .. #50 at position.
Rivals: 3-Star .. #N/A at position.
Scout: 3-Star .. #52 at position.

Final Thoughts:
Could Stephen be Brandon Minor's replacement? He has the size to be that downhill runner that can do damage in between the tackles that Michigan seems to be lacking. By coming in early, Stephen will get every opportunity (more reps) this spring to show the coaches what he has, especially with Vincent Smith out in the spring. Also, Stephen’s role might depend on what happens to Mike Cox as well.

Written by GBMW Staff

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