Hopkins is Florida State’s not-so-secret weapon



TALLAHASEE, Fla. (AP) — Dustin Hopkins won’t be the most popular Florida State player visiting “Death Valley” this weekend. At least with Clemson fans.

The Seminoles’ prized junior placekicker from Houston booted a 55-yard game-winning field goal as time ran out in a 16-13 victory over the Tigers last year.

Hopkins’ powerful right leg could again be decisive Saturday when the 11th-ranked Seminoles (2-1) meet No. 21 Clemson (3-0) on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

Hopkins has been on a roll. He has converted 99 straight extra-point kicks and 13 consecutive field goals, including two that covered 53 yards and 46 yards in last week’s 23-13 loss to top-ranked Oklahoma.

He’s also on pace to break school and ACC records in scoring and field goals.