USC’s Sanders, Clemson’s Hopkins catching on in NFL

The NFL season is still a month away, but a pair of wide receivers from Palmetto State schools are already making big impressions on their respective teams.

Ace Sanders was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round out of South Carolina with the idea that he would be an instant improvement in the team’s kick return game.

That has proved to be true, but what has surprised many is Sanders’ talents as a receiver. Next to veteran Cecil Shorts III, Sanders and Mike Brown have been the two biggest surprises in training camp thus far.

With Justin Blackmon still recuperating from groin surgery, Sanders is challenging Brown for the No. 2 spot behind Shorts.

Also making some noise in Houston Texans training camp is former Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

Through almost two weeks of training camp, Hopkins has caught everything thrown near him, often making highlight-reel catches against starting cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson.

Taken 27th overall out of Clemson in this year’s draft, Hopkins maximizes is size (6-2, 214) and wears red gloves on his huge hands, making them appear even larger. He is confident, aggressive and very impressive.

Photo courtesy of Jacksonville Jaguars

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