Austin Hooper

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Austin Hooper
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Hooper in 2016
No. 81 – Atlanta Falcons
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1994-10-29) October 29, 1994 (age 23)
San Ramon, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 254 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High school: De La Salle
(Concord, California)
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 3 / Pick: 81
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2018
Receptions: 98
Receiving yards: 1,070
Receiving touchdowns: 8
Player stats at NFL.com

Austin Manuel Hooper (born October 29, 1994) is an American football tight end for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Stanford.

Early years[edit]

After leaving Pine Valley Middle School in San Ramon, California, Hooper attended De La Salle High School in Concord, California where he played for the football team. He was rated by Rivals.com as a three-star recruit and committed to Stanford University to play college football.[1][2] Hooper was listed as a defensive end by Rivals and also by ESPN who had him rated as a four-star recruit and the #261 player overall in the nation regardless of position.

College career[edit]

After redshirting his first year at Stanford in 2013, Hooper played in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman in 2014.[3][4] He finished the season with 40 receptions for 499 yards and two touchdowns.[5] As a sophomore in 2015, Hooper had 34 receptions for 438 yards for six touchdowns, including a career best 79 yards and a touchdown in an upset of then #6 USC.[6][7] He was a finalist for the John Mackey Award,[8] and First-team All-Pac-12.[9]

Professional career[edit]

On January 4, 2016, it was announced that Hooper would enter the 2016 NFL Draft, forfeiting his last two years of eligibility. Hooper came to the decision after discussing it with his head coach David Shaw and his family. He chose to declare due to the draft class being really thin at tight end and his draft stock being high after coming off an impressive season.[10] He was one of 15 tight ends to receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana.[11] He had an overall impressive performance, finishing third among all tight ends in the 40-yard dash, fourth in the bench press, fifth in the three-cone drill, and finished sixth among his position group in the vertical.[12] On March 17, 2016, Hooper opted to participate at Stanford's Pro Day and chose to only perform positional drills for scouts and team representatives from all 32 NFL teams, that also included San Francisco 49ers' head coach Chip Kelly and Oakland Raiders' offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave.[13][14] Throughout the pre-draft process, Hooper attended private workouts and visits with the Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, and Tennessee Titans.[15][16] Hooper was projected to be a second or third round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked the second best tight end prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com and the third best tight end by Sports Illustrated and NFL analyst Mike Mayock.[17][18][19]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
254 lb
(115 kg)
33 34 in
(0.86 m)
10 58 in
(0.27 m)
4.72 s 1.63 s 2.75 s 4.32 s 7.00 s 33 in
(0.84 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
19 reps
All values from NFL Combine[20]

The Atlanta Falcons selected Hooper in the third round (81st overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. He was the second tight end selected, behind Arkansas' Hunter Henry who the San Diego Chargers selected in the second round (35th overall).[21][22] Hooper was reunited with former Stanford teammate Levine Toilolo.

2016 season[edit]

On May 5, 2016, the Atlanta Falcons signed Hooper to a four-year, $3.21 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $773,428.[23]

Throughout his first training camp, Hooper competed with Levine Toilolo and Jacob Tamme for job as the starting tight end.[24] Head coach Dan Quinn named him the third tight end on the Falcons' depth chart behind Tamme and Toilolo.[25]

He made his professional regular season debut in the Atlanta Falcons' season-opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and made the first catch of his career on a 14-yard pass by Matt Ryan in the third quarter before being tackles by Buccaneers' safety Bradley McDougald during their 31–24 loss.[26] On October 2, 2016, Hooper caught his first career touchdown on a 42-yard pass by Matt Ryan in a 48–33 victory over the Carolina Panthers.[27] During a Week 8 matchup against the Green Bay Packers, Hooper earned his first career start and had a season-high five receptions for 41 receiving yards during a 33–32 victory.[28] Starting tight end Jacob Tamme suffered a shoulder injury during the game and was placed on injured/reserve for the remainder of the season on November 21, 2016.[29] The following week, he made three receptions for 46 yards and scored on a two-yard pass from Matt Ryan as the Falcons routed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 43–28.[30] In Week 15, Hooper caught a nine-yard pass during a 41-13 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, but left after suffering a grade-2 knee sprain that caused him to miss the remaining two games of the season.[31] He finished his only season under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in the 2016 season with 19 receptions for 271 receiving yards and three touchdowns in three starts and 14 games.[32][33]

The Atlanta Falcons finished the 2016 season atop the NFC South with an 11-5 record. On January 14, 2017, Hooper appeared in his first career playoff game and caught a ten-yard pass as the Falcons defeated the Seattle Seahawks 36–20 in the NFC Wild Card game.[34] After the Falcons defeated the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship, they went on to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI.[35] During the game, Hooper made three receptions for 32 yards and scored a 19-yard touchdown in the second quarter of the Falcons 34–28 overtime loss.[36]

2017 season[edit]

Hooper entered training camp slated as the starting tight end after the retirement of Jacob Tamme. He was named the starting tight end to begin the regular season under new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.[37]

He started the Atlanta Falcons' season-opener at the Chicago Bears and made two receptions for a career-high 128 receiving yards and caught a career-long 88-yard touchdown reception thrown by quarterback Matt Ryan in Atlanta's 23–17 victory.[38][39] During a Week 4 contest against the Buffalo Bills, Hooper tied his career-high with five receptions for 50 receiving yards during a 23–17 loss.[40] On October 15, 2017, he caught a career-high seven passes for 48 yards in the Falcons' 20–17 loss to the Miami Dolphins. [41] At the midpoint of the 16-game season, Hooper was second on the team in receiving yards only to All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones.[42]

References[edit]

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  41. ^ Austin Hooper, career game log
  42. ^ Falcons receiving statistics, 2017, Weeks 1-9

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