First year starter Tyrone Hopper has impacted the Roswell Hornets’ defense using his 6-foot-4 build and his long wingspan. Head coach John Ford has raved about his work ethic and his lead by example way of play. Hopper attended camps at Georgia State, Auburn, Savannah State, and Clemson this offseason and the results have shown on the field. Tyrone has averaged six solo tackles and five assisted tackles per game this season.
Not only is Hopper long and lean, but he also ran a 4.6 forty time at a Nike Sparq combine; combine those two gifts and you have yourself an outstanding linebacker that can also rush the passer at defensive end. Georgia State and Purdue have taken notice and have shown interest in him. Coach Ford feels that if he continues to work hard he can become a good player at the next level.
Tyrone used to play basketball growing up and is active at his church. He also has found time to volunteer stating, “I have fed the homeless before and I also plan on becoming a counselor at my church.”
Football can be the number one driving force in many players’ lives, but for Hopper he understands that there is more to life than just football. Tyrone has big goals in life explaining, “I plan to be the first one in my family to go to college and be the first one to finish and pursue my dream in accounting or pediatrics.” Hopper does well in the classroom and understands the importance of being well rounded and getting a strong education. His can do attitude is one that not only inspires his teammates but his coaches as well. With many avenues in life, Hopper has a plethora of opportunities to do big things once he graduates from high school.