Dustin Hopkins

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Dustin Hopkins
No. --     Free agent
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-10-01) October 1, 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth: Austin, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Houston (TX) Clear Lake
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 6 / Pick: 177
Debuted in 2013 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Field Goals Made 0
Field Goals Attempted 0
Field Goals %
Career Long FG
Stats at NFL.com

Dustin Hopkins (born October 1, 1990) is an American football kicker who is currently a free agent. He was born in Austin, Texas but raised in Houston, Texas, where he attended Clear Lake High School. He was recruited by Florida State when then Seminoles special teams coordinator Jody Allen watched high school game film of Hopkins' kickoffs. Interest was also shown by Notre Dame.[1]

College career[edit]

As a freshman in 2009, Hopkins had one of the best seasons of any first-year kicker in the country. He hit 19 of 27 field goals, or approximately 70%, over the course of 2009. He was also accurate on his PAT attempts, booting 40 of 44. On November 13, 2010, against Clemson, Florida State, who was trailing the entire game, made a comeback in the 4th quarter. With less than a minute left in regulation, tied at 13, Florida State marched down into Clemson territory, where, with 3 seconds left, Hopkins made a 55 yard field goal to win the game. This was an important ACC victory for the Seminoles.

In 2011, while playing against Wake Forest, he kicked his 109th point after try (PAT) in a row, breaking the previous FSU record. He would not miss a PAT until September 8, 2012, leaving him at 145 successful attempts, the sixth longest streak in NCAA history.[2]

On November 18, 2012, Hopkins set the NCAA Division I FBS record for career points scored by a kicker at 442 points with a 26 yard field goal in the second quarter versus the Maryland Terrapins. Hopkins would finish the day with six more points upping the record to 448 points.[3]

Professional career[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft, joining punter Shawn Powell and quarterback EJ Manuel, his former teammates at Florida State.

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On May 10, 2013, Hopkins signed a four year contract with the Buffalo Bills.[4]

On August 19, 2013, Hopkins was named the Buffalo Bills starting placekicker over veteran placekicker, Rian Lindell.[5] On September 2, 2013, Hopkins was revealed to have sustained a groin injury. This prompted the Bills to sign Dan Carpenter. Due to a slow recovery from that injury and the need to further open roster spots, Hopkins was placed on the injured reserve list after Week 5.

The Bills released Hopkins on August 25, 2014.[6]


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