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Hopkins named National Offensive Player of Year

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Fort Scott Community College sophomore running back Jasmin Hopkins was named the 2009 NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year by the NJCAA Football Coaches Association. This award is the NJCAA version of the Heisman Trophy.

A native of Stanley, N.C., Hopkins posted the third-most rushing yards by an NJCAA running back in 10 years while helping guide the Greyhounds to their first Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference title in 35 years and their first Region VI title ever. The Greyhounds played for the NJCAA National Championship this season for the first time in over 35 years where they fell in final seconds to Blinn (Texas), 31-26, in the Citizens Bank Bowl at Pittsburg.

Hopkins led the NJCAA in rushing yards with 1,931, which is the second-best mark by a player since Lackawanna (Pa.) running back Alan Jones rushed for 2,069 yards in 2000. Jocques Crawford of Cisco College (Texas) rushed for 1,935 yards in 2007.

Hopkins also led in the nation in rushing yards per game with 160.9 and his 16 rushing touchdowns tied for fifth. His 102 points from 17 total touchdowns ranked eighth in the NJCAA in scoring.

He also earned Offensive Player of the Year honors from the KJCCC, leading the league in rushing yards, all-purpose yards, scoring and touchdowns scored.

Hopkins averaged over 25 rushing attempts per game and gained over 100 yards in 11 straight contests this year, including four games where he eclipsed 200 yards. His best performance came on Sept. 19 against Garden City when he had a career-high 267 yards on 35 carries and two touchdowns.

In the national title game against Blinn, Hopkins accounted for 188 yards on 35 carries.

For his career at Fort Scott, Hopkins totaled 3,158 rushing yards, which ranks second in school history.

His 1.931 yards rushing in a single season ranks second in school history behind Tommy Reamon who had 2,345 yards in 1971.

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