Kelvin Hopkins

RSS for Kelvin Hopkins
Army fullback powers ahead with old and new

Army fullback powers ahead with old and new

In sports, there’s old school and new school. Most people fall on one side or the other, but Connor Slomka is both -- an old-school warrior and new-age athlete. Warrior is a term thrown around too loosely in sports, but it applies to cadets training to be officers in the military...

West Point offered them more than football

West Point offered them more than football

Kelvin Hopkins Jr. traversed Fort Bragg’s rugged fields and wooded sandhills his early summer days out of school under a hot North Carolina sun. He shadowed a lieutenant and his paratroopers, combat-ready solders trained to deploy anywhere in the world within 18 hours from the...

Images of football in the air flying at Army

Images of football in the air flying at Army

Army’s next football season is a blank page until the season opener Aug. 31 at Rice, but last season sparked imaginations. What if the Black Knights expand their passing game within their grinding triple-option offense?The receivers and slot backs are excited about the...

Sage advice directed Coates to West Point

Sage advice directed Coates to West Point

Army wide receiver Glen Coates tells an education story more Americans need to hear to understand the impactful work high school coaches and teachers provide. Their rewards are satisfying and fulfilling but certainly not financial.Instead, we live in American society that directs...

Bateman brings plenty from Army to Tar Heels

Bateman brings plenty from Army to Tar Heels

Numbers aplenty explain Mack Brown luring Jay Bateman to leave Army for his newly assembled staff at North Carolina staff. But in college football, statistics are only half of story to grading a coach’s value. What about developing talent? What about recruiting? Those are parts...

Kelvin Hopkins Jr transcending for Army

Kelvin Hopkins Jr transcending for Army

The sports world’s biggest names routinely enter “The Jungle” on the Jim Rome Show, but the host still changes pace on his audience craving irreverent smack-talk with a guest that represents an ultra-conventional background. Army quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr., MVP of the 119th...

Army stark contrast to players skipping bowls

Army stark contrast to players skipping bowls

If college football mic’d players for games, Army senior outside linebacker Kenneth Brinson made a play for the ideal mic drop. Navy rallied after trailing the Black Knights all afternoon in the 119th Army-Navy Game until Brinson strip-sacked the Midshipmen’s quarterback. He...

Army and Navy always live up to expectations

Army and Navy always live up to expectations

The Army-Navy Game never disappoints.That’s what two of us told the other as three old friends from Big Rapids, Mi., gathered from our places in the world for the 119th Army-Navy Game Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. One flew in from Germany, one drove from...

Kelvin Hopkins standing tall at West Point

Kelvin Hopkins standing tall at West Point

By Tom ShanahanKelvin Hopkins and Daniel Jones stood out as an odd couple at clinics five summers ago. That observation, though, applied only if viewing the NFL as the end-all-to-be-all for two college-bound high school kids from Charlotte, N.C.Jones has developed into a 6-foot-5...

Asberry ready for next task and pass play

Asberry ready for next task and pass play

Something is different hearing an academy athlete’s tone of voice during a phone interview. As an example, take my request this week to speak with an Army running back that was coming off his best game of the season. We spoke on a routine day – for a Cadet football player,...