01/01/2013 - Scouting the Florida State special teams: Senior Dustin Hopkins, who became the ACC's all-time single-season leading scorer Saturday, was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, presented annually to the nation's top kicker. Hopkins has been exceptional this year, converting 24 of 28 field-goal attempts and also consistently giving FSU's defense good field position with his kickoffs. Also in FSU's favor is the improved play of P Cason Beatty. The freshman has struggled throughout the season, but has improved his season average by booting punts of 48, 46 and 43 against Georgia Tech. - The Sports Xchange
12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM: PK Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, 6-2 190 Sr., Houston, TX...Hopkins, a Groza Award finalist, has converted 24 of 28 field goals and an ACC-record 133 points this season. He is the NCAA FBS all-time kick scorer with 459 points. - Florida State football
12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM: Kicker - Dustin Hopkins, senior, Florida State...Hopkins, a Groza Award finalist, has converted 24 of 28 field goals and an ACC-record 133 points this season. He is the NCAA FBS all-time kick scorer with 459 points. - Florida State football
12/12/2012 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: PK-Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, 6-2, 190, Sr. Houston, Texas (20), has been selected First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team. Hopkins, a Groza Award finalist, has converted 24 of 28 field goals and an ACC-record 133 points this season. He is the NCAA FBS all-time kick scorer with 459 points.
Hopkins was announced as a first-team Capital One Academic All-American, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). A graduate student pursuing his master's degree in international affairs, Hopkins carries a 3.76 cumulative grade point average. He was a second-team Capital One Academic All-American in 2011. - Florida State football
12/01/2012 - 2012 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): K-Dustin Hopkins, Florida State (79)...has been named First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2012 college football season by the ACC Media Association. Hopkins' selection as the repeat first-team kicker is no surprise. Over the course of the senior's final year he has set FSU, ACC and NCAA kick scoring records by converting 24 of 28 field goal attempts, including all five from 50 yards or longer. His 87 career field goals tie him with Billy Bennett for the all-time NCAA FBS lead, while his 456 career points rank currently rank third among all-player scoring in major college football history.
"He's not only one of the great kickers in Florida State history, but also NCAA history as the all-time kick scoring leader," Fisher said of Hopkins, who is a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, presented to the nation's top kicker. "Then the way he represents himself and carries himself with class and dignity; his community service and academic (excellence). You could go on and on, but we're very blessed to have had him here." - Florida State football
11/26/2012 - WEEK 13 ACC CO-SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, Senior, K, 6-2, 190, Houston, Texas Hopkins continued his memorable senior season with another career first against Florida - connecting on two field goals of 50 yards or longer in the same game. The Houston, Texas, native closed out the first half with a 50-yard field goal on the final play to get the Seminoles on the scoreboard after falling behind 13-0. He then added 53-yard field goal to Florida State's run of 17 unanswered points in the third quarter as the Seminoles built a 20-13 lead.
Hopkins was named National Placekicker of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards. He is the first FSU player to kick two field goals of 50 yards or longer in the same game since Derek Schmidt in 1985. Hopkins is now 9-of-14 all-time from 50 yards or longer with his total field goals from that range ranking second among active kickers. With 87 career field goals, Hopkins now shares the NCAA FBS all-time lead with Georgia's Billy Bennett. Already the all-time NCAA FBS leader in kick scoring, he pushed his all-time point total to 456 points. He currently ranks third all-time in FBS All-Player Scoring, trailing only Montee Ball (476 points) and Travis Prentice (468). - ACC football
11/21/2012 - The past five days have been busy ones for Florida State K Dustin Hopkins. After setting an NCAA scoring record last Saturday, he accepted an invitation Wednesday morning to play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., in late January. The bowl gives invitees an opportunity to come to south Alabama for a week and accept coaching early evaluations from NFL scouts, coaches and general managers who are searching for talent ahead of April's NFL Draft.
FSU QB EJ Manuel accepted an invite last week. Last year, OL Zebrie Sanders, LB Nigel Bradham and P Shawn Powell received invitations to the game. The year before, Seminoles QB Christian Ponder did, as well. Ponder went on to be selected 12th overall by the Minnesota Vikings.
On Monday, Hopkins was also named for the second straight year a finalist for the Lou Groza Award. The honor goes to college football's best kicker each season. Florida's Caleb Sturgis and Tulane's Cairo Santos, who played high school in St. Augustine, are the other finalists. - Coley Harvey, The Orlando Sentinel
11/21/2012 - 2012 LOU GROZA COLLEGIATE PLACEKICKER AWARD FINALIST (NATION'S OUTSTANDING PLACEKICKER): Dustin Hopkins (Florida State)...Dustin Hopkins is going to Disney World once again. The Florida State kicker found out Monday afternoon that for the second time in as many seasons that he was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, one that is handed out annually by the Palm Beach Sports Commission and that recognizes college football's best kicker. The award, like eight others, will be presented Dec. 6 at Disney during an ESPN telecast.
Hopkins may be the frontrunner for the Groza Award, which also takes into consideration a fan vote. After setting and now shattering ACC records two weeks ago, he set an NCAA career scoring record for kickers last weekend, and is now one field goal shy of tying the Football Bowl Subdivision record for career field goals. Against Maryland over the weekend, a 26-yard field goal allowed him to become the new FBS all-time scoring leader for kickers. The senior currently has 448 career points. Sitting on 85 field goals, he is one shy of tying the all-time career record. - Coley Harvey, The Orlando Sentinel
11/08/2012 - The Seminoles have scored 29 rushing touchdowns this season across their first nine games. That's only six rushing touchdowns away from the school record in that category, a mark that was set in 1995. That season was one in which the Seminoles won an ACC title. However, they lost a Thursday night game that year in the state of Virginia, falling to Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. PLAYERS TO WATCH: K Dustin Hopkins can add to his record-setting totals. The senior, who booted a career-long 56-yard field goal against Duke in his last outing, has 81 career field goals and needs only seven more to break the NCAA record. He already has 429 total points, needing only 11 more to become the NCAA career leader in points by kicking. - The Sports Xchange
10/15/2012 - WEEK 7 NCAA NATIONAL FBS SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Dustin Hopkins became the ACC's all-time scoring leader as he pushed through three field goals, including a season-long 51-yarder, and added six extra points in the Seminoles' romp against Boston College. Hopkins now has 402 career points to rank fifth in NCAA history. His 75 field goals are just five shy of the ACC career mark by Maryland's Nick Novak, who also held the previous scoring record at 393 points. - NCAA.com
10/01/2012 - WEEK 5 ACC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, Senior, K, 6-2, 190, Houston, Texas Hopkins got off the deck after an early missed field goal from 48 yards to his final three attempts in the 30-17 win at South Florida. By converting from 26, 43 and 23 yards, Hopkins pushed his career field goal total to 69, which ranks second in Florida State and fourth in Atlantic Coast Conference history. With 12 points on the day, Hopkins also moved into sole possession of second place on the Florida State and ACC career scoring charts, with 377 points. He trails Florida State record holder Derek Schmidt and ACC record holder Nick Novak of Maryland by 16 points - they both finished with 393 - to become the all-time leader. Hopkins is also just eight points shy of moving into 10th place on the NCAA all-time scoring list. - ACC football
09/10/2012 - PK Dustin Hopkins missed an extra-point attempt with 8:02 remaining before the half. The miss caps his string of successful PATs at 145, which is the sixth longest in NCAA history. It was the nation's longest active streak. - The Sports Xchange
08/10/2012 - Thanks to new NCAA kickoff rules going into effect this season, FSU's strong-legged kicker finds himself having to temper his kicking style and searching for ways to prevent the ball from traveling as far as he once wanted it to. "It's definitely something I've worked on [this summer]," Hopkins said of tweaking his kicking style. "I'm trying to get height as opposed to driving the ball. It's something I've tried to add to my arsenal of things." In an effort to reduce concussions more common during kickoff return collisions, the NCAA ratified during the offseason kickoff changes to more closely mirror recent NFL alterations. Starting this fall, kickoffs will begin at the kicking team's 35-yard line instead of the 30. Touchbacks will be brought out to the 25-yard instead of the 20. On bouncing onside kicks, the returning team can call for a fair catch. It's a dizzying array of changes that at first had Hopkins perturbed. "I was kind of disappointed that it came out to the 25," Hopkins said of the touchback rule. "That's not as good field position for us. But at the same time, I can't be too upset one way or another." Through his first three seasons, FSU's senior kicker had 94 of his 243 career kickoffs go unreturned in the form of touchbacks. That meant 39 percent of his kicks left opposing offenses starting drives at the 20 yard line. "I hate to say it, but calling inside the 20 and calling plays outside the 20, that's a big difference," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "That's a huge difference because of the odds of when you score and when you punt from inside the 20." - Coley Harvey, The Orlando Sentinel
07/27/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON TEAM (MEDIA): PK Dustin Hopkins, Florida State (54), has been selected Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference football for the 2012 college football season by the ACC media. Hopkins finished his junior year last season as a first-team All-ACC selection and ran away with the most votes among kickers for the preseason team. Clemson's Chandler Catanzaro was second to Hopkins' 54 total votes with eight. A Lou Groza Award finalist a season ago, Hopkins is just 68 points shy of becoming the ACC's all-time leading scorer. TOP FOUR VOTING BY POSITION (OVERALL, NAME, TEAM, VOTES): Placekicker: 1. Dustin Hopkins, FSU, 54...2. Chandler Catanzaro, CL, 8...3. Casey Barth, UNC, 4...4. Nate Freese, BC, 1...4. Justin Moore, GT, 1 - Florida State football
07/11/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON LOU GROZA AWARD WATCH LIST: Dustin Hopkins, Sr., Florida State...A 2011 Lou Groza Award finalist and 2010 Groza semifinalist, Hopkins has put together a career that has a chance to end as the ACC's all-time leading scorer. With 326 points, Hopkins is tied for 5th in the ACC record books, needing 68 points to become the conference's all-time leading scorer. Led the ACC in kick-scoring per game for the second straight year, averaging 8.5 points per contest. Owns the nation's longest streak of consecutive PATs, having made his last 130 extra points, dating back to Sept. 19, 2009. - Lou Groza College Place-Kicker Award/Palm Beach County Sports Commission