Weighing his options

CLEMSON - DeAndre Hopkins has a decision to make after the New Year's Eve Chick-fil-A Bowl showdown with LSU.

To stay or not to stay? That is the question that Hopkins will have to answer within the next few weeks.

Last week, when asked about his future at Clemson, he avoided the subject.

"Negative, negative," Hopkins responded, when the question about his decision.

How about a timeframe?

"I'm not talking about that."

Less than three weeks from the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Hopkins is focused on LSU.

"It feels good knowing that we're going to be able to come out here and play a good team like this," Hopkins said. "We can't ask for a better opponent than LSU."

The Tigers from Louisiana will certainly have their eyes on Hopkins, who was named first-team All-ACC. Also a third-team AP All-American, he finished the regular season with 69 catches for 1,214 yards and 16 touchdowns.

The formula for his success in 2012 is pretty simple.

"Just coming out to practice everyday, working hard and trying to get better everyday," Hopkins said. "Not being complacent, knowing that Sammy [Watkins] was down early in the season and I had to step up.

"Guys like Andre Ellington and Tajh [Boyd], we had to pick that slack up. I just knew that I had to come out here and be on my A-game every game."

Plenty of the credit also goes to Boyd and offensive coordinator Chad Morris.

"I've got to thank coach Morris for putting the ball in my hands. I can't call the plays myself. I can't throw the ball, so I've got to bring Tajh in," Hopkins said. "And coach Morris for believing in me and putting me in position to make those plays and touchdowns."

He doesn't let those kinds of things get to his head.

"It's good, knowing my hard work paid off for something. It's accolades -- some people don't buy into those things -- I really don't either, but it's good knowing I made something that my hard work paid off for," Hopkins said.

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