Hopkins at 85 percent

DAVIE, Fla. - Though DeAndre Hopkins was in a green jersey during practice on Saturday, he was back on the field participating in drills.

Before Clemson took to the practice field on Sunday, Hopkins told reporters that he expected to be out of the green jersey and a full participant. Dabo Swinney concurred.

"I'm 85 percent there, I would say," Hopkins said.

Swinney said Hopkins could "probably" have been a full participant on Saturday.

"We just really were trying to take good precautions with him," Swinney said. "He's good."

The sophomore wide receiver from Central suffered a mild concussion when his car hydroplaned into a ditch on Tuesday morning. He was on the way to Clemson to meet the team bus before the flight to Florida for the Orange Bowl.

Hopkins missed the Tuesday morning charter plane and didn't join his teammates until Wednesday.

"I'm here breathing, so it wasn't that bad," he said.

Headaches are still the only concussion symptom that Hopkins continues to fight.

"It just comes and goes now. Earlier, it was a constant pounding headache," he said. "Now it just comes and goes. It's nothing too bad. I've had headaches before. It's kind of what it feels like."

Hopkins had never suffered a concussion before Tuesday. And it appears that it is almost totally behind him.

"It felt great to be back out there and get in the groove of things and just get the feel, get the plays down and be out there with my team," Hopkins said.

Like everyone else, he's ready for the Wednesday night matchup with West Virginia.

"We've been like that, probably since the first day we got here," Hopkins said. "We're not an out of shape team. We run constantly. The being in shape part has been no problem.

"We wanted to get after these guys as soon as we got here. They're a pretty good team. We're a pretty good team. We match up equally, if you ask me. We're just ready to get after it."

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