Nov. 10, 2011
the second year in a row, Seminole placekicker Dustin Hopkins has been named to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District team where he is joined by first-time honoree Bjoern Werner, a sophomore defensive end. Hopkins, a junior from Houston, TX, is a communications major with a 3.82 GPA. Werner boasts a 3.31 GPA in International Affairs.
Hopkins has a 3.78 GPA in his media studies major and a 3.83 GPA in his minor, Hispanic Marketing and International Affairs. The junior is now a CoSida Academic All-American nominee for the second year and has been a member of the ACC All-Academic Team the last two years as well. A three-time member of the President's List (4.0 GPA), a member of the Dean's List and the 2010 and 2011 Golden Torch Award winner for football (top GPA on team), Hopkins has excelled in every aspect of student-athlete life at Florida State. He was the Seminole Academic Warrior (2009, 2010), won the Football Academic Award (2010), is a Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society member and a Dean's Cup recipient. The junior graduates in the spring 2012 and begins graduate school studies that same semester.
On the field Hopkins is a Lou Groza Award semifinalist for the second straight year, he was the 2010 FSU Special Teams MVP, a member of the Sporting News ACC All-Freshman team in 2009 and a three-time ACC Specialist of the Week. He holds the school record for consecutive PATs made as he is in the midst of a streak of 124 successful point after attempts, that is the second-longest streak in ACC history. He is tied for fifth in the nation for field goals made and he holds the second-longest streak of field goals made at FSU with 17 in a row. He has the second-highest career field goal percentage (.789) in FSU history and he also holds the ACC record for the longest walk-off field goal in conference history as he hit a 55-yarder versus Clemson to end the game and give FSU a victory in 2010.
Hopkins has been one of the Seminoles’ leaders in the community as well. He was honored by ACC in 2010 with Top Six for Service Award, recognizing him as one of the conference leaders in community service hours performed. He is the FSU Chapter President for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, where his involvement includes: FCA High School Camp Counselor (Marianna, Fla.); shared testimony at two FCA Regional conferences; participated in the "Do It Big" conferences at two Tallahassee high schools; regularly visits local middle school and high school Huddle Groups; has shared his message in two editions of "Sharing the Victory" magazine; speaks numerous times a semester to various other church and school groups in the North Florida region. He spent his 2011 spring break on a Mission Trip to Honduras, laying concrete foundations, building roofs and walls and sharing the gospel. He participates in Children's Miracle Network Dance Marathon annually and he is a three-year participant in American Cancer Society Relay for Life, serving as kickoff MC in 2011. A Leon County United Way Day of Action participant (visiting homeless shelter), a member of student body panel to Stomp Out Type 2 Diabetes, an active participant in community service events as member of Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), representing the football team and he has joined other athletes visiting ill children at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital on top of working with the Mayor’s Reading Initiative.
Werner’s path to Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District team honors is unlike any other football player. The sophomore is in his first season as starter and leads the Seminoles in tackles for loss (7.5), sacks (6), pass break-ups (6), quarterback hurries (4) and fumbles recovered (2). He has scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery and has also picked off a pass. The native of Berlin, Germany is 28th in the NCAA in sacks per game despite only playing two years of football in the United States before coming to Florida State. Werner earned an academic achievement award in 2010 at the team football banquet for having one of the team’s top GPAs and has developed quickly into a team leader on top of one of the most feared edge pass rushers in the ACC.
Hopkins and Werner are now eligible to become the 15th and possibly 16th Seminole football players to ever earn academic All-American honors. The last Seminole to do so was Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle in 2009.