The sophomore wide receiver was in a one-car accident Tuesday morning before meeting the team bus in Clemson.
"I just lost control, hydroplaned, [had] an accident. It was kind of
crazy. It was so fast when it happened. It was like a dream," Hopkins said
at the Clemson team hotel on Thursday afternoon.
"It scared me, like it would any normal human being. When you lose control
of any kind of vehicle, it's scary."
Hopkins, who missed Tuesday's charter flight, hit his head on the steering
wheel and briefly lost consciousness after crashing into some small trees. He was well enough to fly to south
Florida a day later.
"Guys [were] just telling me they were praying for me, thinking about me,
being teammates, the good guys that they are, telling me how their
families were praying for me," Hopkins said. "I came into the meeting
yesterday, after the team meeting, coach [Chad] Morris had
me stand up and tell the guys what happened.
"I just told those guys I was thankful for the teammates I have and how
precious life is. Anything could happen like that."
The only concussion-like symptoms Hopkins has experienced are headaches.
"I'm feeling better each day so hopefully I'll be out there soon," he
Tajh Boyd was relieved when he learned that his second-favorite target
will be OK.
"It's just one of those deals where you've got to be [worried]," Boyd
said. "You never know how damaging it can be. It was definitely a scary
moment for the team. He was just blessed to come out of that thing
"I think it puts everything in perspective for us as a team, and probably
for him the most."
Head coach Dabo Swinney thinks Hopkins could be practicing with the
team by this weekend.
"I think he's going to be fine. Just had a slight concussion, very lucky
that he was not seriously injured," Swinney said. "It scared him, really.
I think he's really thankful that he's OK. Not many people would walk away
from that wreck."
He added, "He ran today and moved around a little bit."
Hopkins expects to play
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