Hopper drawing rave reviews

CLEMSON - Pardon Germone Hopper for having to Google ‘Freddie Milons'. The former Alabama wide receiver was a bit before his time.

Hopper was an 8-year-old when Milons began his four-year NFL career in 2002.

Before he entered the league, Milons set the Alabama career record with 152 receptions. From 1998-2000, his wide receivers coach was Dabo Swinney.

Last week, Swinney told reporters that he thinks Hopper compares favorably to Milons.

"He tells me that all the time," Hopper said. "Actually, I don't know who that is, but I'll try to look him up one day. But, coach, he always tells me that."

Hopper patterns his game after Michael Crabtree and Steve Smith.

"I just think I remind myself so much of Michael Crabtree, because the way he runs his routes, how he cuts and stuff like that. Just his body-type and build, I just see myself like him," Hopper said.

Some of the affinity for Smith stems from Hopper's Charlotte roots.

"And he's not the tallest guy in the world," Hopper said. "He has heart. That's what I feel like I have."

Three games into his redshirt freshman season, Hopper has 10 catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns. He continues to serve as the backup to Sammy Watkins at the 2-position.

Go ahead and add Watkins to the list of wide receivers that Hopper wants to be like.

"I just try to watch him. He's been an All-American. He's one of the top wide receivers in the country," Hopper said. "I just watch him and do everything like him. I look up to that dude."

Not a bad player to emulate. Watkins has caught 19 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown in 2013.

Watkins has done some serious damage against this weekend's opponent. In two games versus Wake Forest, Watkins has 13 catches for 264 yards with a touchdown. He's also rushed for three times for 36 yards and returned four kicks for 103 yards.

While Hopper may not necessarily be in store for a monster game this Saturday, he's ready to help out wherever and whenever he's needed.

"I'm just going to do what the coaches ask me to do," Hopper said. "We have a game plan setup, so we're just following it and letting the coaches tell us what we've got planned for this upcoming game."

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