It''s always been said that dynamite comes in small packages.
Often you can determine the heart of the player based on his physical statistics. This is the case for one up and coming Tennessee rising juniors.
Mt. Juliet running back Caleb Hopkins isn't the biggest guy in the world, but it doesn't take long to realize he is a very fierce competitor.
Hopkins measured in at 5-foot-6, 175-pounds. He has been very active this spring participating in as many combines as possible to prove to doubters that he is a player.
Hopkins attended the InsideTennessee Combine this past Sunday and tweaked a hamstring during the testing phase of the event.
"I ran a 4.6, that's one of my slowest times of the year," Hopkins explained to InsideTennessee.Com. "I ran a 4.4 in Atlanta earlier this spring and I normally average a solid 4.5."
While Hopkins may be small in stature, his work ethic or physical condition isn't in question. He benched pressed 185 19 times and was upset when he didn't reach 20.
Hopkins rushed for over 500 yards as a sophomore and realizes that the best is still in front of him.
"I'm always working on getting bigger, stronger and faster," Hopkins said. "My goal is to play D1 football, I won't be satisfied with anything less."
Hopkins camped at Alabama last summer and appears he made an impression with the Head Coach of the Crimson Tide.
"Coach Saban stopped me after a drill and came up and talked to me," Hopkins said. "He was impressed with my efforts, he asked me my age etc."
Getting the opportunity to play for Alabama, Tennessee or a major SEC school would be a dream come true for the talented back.
"I know with my size I have to be fast," Hopkins said. "I work on quickness of the ball, quick feet drills and speed drills."
Hopkins also has made himself a reputation on the gridiron.
"A lot of guys just look at my size and think that I will be easy to tackle," Hopkins laughed. "I love running over bigger guys on the field. I will do whatever it takes to get an extra couple of yards."
It doesn't matter to Hopkins if he plays a slot receiver position, special teams or at running back.
"I just want to play D1 football," Hopkins said. "I want to be a playmaker."
With Hopkins work ethic and heart, don't be surprised where the talented rising junior ends up.