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Hopper Named Reese’s Senior Bowl Defensive Player of the Week

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Reese’s Senior Bowl named University of Missouri linebacker Ty’Ron Hopper as its defensive player of the week following the Tigers’ come-from-behind win over No. 15 Kansas State.

Hopper finished with eight tackles – six solos and two assists – along with a pair of pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and a tackle for a loss in the 30-27 victory.

One of Mizzou’s captains, Hopper is on the watch lists for the Butkus Award, Nagurski Trophy and Senior Bowl. He was a Preseason Second-Team All-Southeastern Conference honoree from the league’s coaches and media. Athlon made him a preseason Third-Team All-America selection and a First-Team All-SEC honoree. He earned Phil Steele Third-Team Preseason All-SEC awards. He was graded as the No. 2 returning linebacker in the league by PFF College – behind teammate Chad Bailey.

The Tigers (3-0) return to action on Saturday, Sept. 23 taking on Memphis in the Mizzou to the Lou Classic in St. Louis. Kickoff from The Dome at America’s Center will take place at 6:30 p.m. CT and air on ESPNU and the Tiger Radio Network. 

It will be Missouri’s first football game in St. Louis since 2010. Tickets for next week’s game are available for purchase online

The Reese’s Senior Bowl is widely regarded as the preeminent college football all-star game and the first stage in the NFL Draft process. The longest continual-running all-star game has taken place in Mobile the past 74 years. More than 900 NFL personnel, including key decision-makers from all 32 teams, and over 1,100 media members from around the country were credentialed last year. In each of the past three years, the Reese’s Senior Bowl has had 100 or more players drafted and over 40 percent of the entire draft class, which are both record-setting figures for any all-star game.

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