Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is a proud alum of Clemson football, and recently spoke to ESPN to give his prediction for the Tigers’ championship game matchup against Alabama next week.
Ever the Tiger, Hopkins of course picked his alma mater to win.
“Clemson by 14,” Hopkins said. “We have a high-powered offense. I don’t think they’ve seen that since Johnny Manziel. I don’t think they’ve seen a quarterback like Deshaun Watson since Johnny Manziel and Cam Newton.”
It’s hard to argue with Hopkins, as the best offense Alabama faced this year came in their sole loss to Ole Miss and even then, Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly isn’t the same type of dual-threat QB that Watson is. Against Alabama this year, he threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns while also adding 21 yards and a score on the ground.
But let’s not also forget that Hopkins’ ties to Clemson are stronger than having just played for the team. His cousin, D.J. Greenlee, is a tight end on the team and his uncle, Larry Greenlee, is Clemson’s assistant strength and conditioning coach.
That said, count on Hopkins being glued to the television if not at the game itself on Monday. Kickoff is slated for 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, so be sure to tune in!
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