At Florida State: An All-America candidate as one of the nation's top safeties...returns as a starter for the second consecutive season...also a contender for Academic All-America honors after earning All-America first-team honors for his work in the classroom as a junior...carries a grade point average over 3.0...has been the starter at free safety in the last two national championship games...bench presses more than 400 pounds...twice earned the award for the most dependable defensive back following spring practice...has 158 total tackles entering his senior season...another in the long line of Seminole players who decided to complete his four years of playing eligibility and not declare himself eligible for the NFL Draft.
Junior Year (2000): An All-ACC second-team selection who started all 13 games at free safety and was credited with 83 total tackles...ranked fourth on the team (and first among defensive backs) with a career-high 83 tackles, which included a career-high 51 unassisted stops...led all Seminole defensive backs with a 6.8 tackles per game average...recorded a career-high five tackles for minus yardage and a career-high eight pass break-ups...double-figure tackles came against North Carolina, Louisville and Miami...credited with a career-high 11 tackles (eight solo and three assists) to go along with two pass break-ups against Miami...two of his tackles against the Hurricanes went for minus yardage...also a strong performance against North Carolina with 10 tackles and a fumble recovery that he returned 12 yards for a touchdown...seven total tackles, one tackle for loss, one interception and two pass break-ups in Florida State's victory over Florida...two interceptions, one against Maryland and one against Miami brought his career total to six...had seven or more tackles in eight of Florida State's 13 games...named to the Victor's Club five times and earned Tomahawk Player of Game honors against North Carolina....top academic performer in his class.
Sophomore Year (1999): Played in all 12 games including the Seminoles' National Championship victory over Virginia Tech...finished 10th on the team in tackles with 41 including 28 unassisted stops...the co-leader (with Derrick Gibson) on the team with four interceptions...interceptions came against Louisiana Tech, Duke, Virginia and Florida...his interception against Florida was at the goal line late in the game and helped preserve the Seminoles' 30-23 victory in Gainesville...also credited with two big third-down stops against Florida...recorded two tackles for minus yardage and caused a fumble...was also a major contributor on special teams.
Freshman Year (1998): Played in all 13 games including the National Championship game against Tennessee...was the backup to starter Dexter Jackson at free safety...was also a key contributor on special teams...recorded 34 tackles including 24 unassisted stops...credited with two pass deflections in Florida State's victories over Miami and Florida...recovered a fumble against Southern Cal in only his second career game in Doak Campbell Stadium...earned kicking game Victor's Club Honors five times...also garnered defensive Victor's Club honors against Wake Forest, Clemson and Florida.
High School: A USA Today All-USA first-team and Parade All-America selection as a senior...named the USA Today Player of the Year in the state of South Carolina...selected to the PrepStar's Dream Team and ranked as the No. 1 defensive back prospect in the nation by the renowned recruiting publication...tabbed the No. 6 prospect at all positions nationally by Bill Buchalter...earned All-America first-team honors from G&W recruiting...rated the No. 3 defensive back and the No. 50 overall prospect in America by the National Recruiting Advisor...a member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 1000...selected to the Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team...the No. 8 overall rated recruit and No. 1 defensive back recruit nationally by the Tampa Tribune...ranked as the sixth-best recruit nationally by the St. Petersburg Times...recorded 114 tackles and three interceptions as a defensive back while rushing for 1,319 yards and 20 touchdowns as a running back...totaled 464 tackles, 10 interceptions and four fumble recoveries during his four-year varsity career...established a school record as he started 55 consecutive games during his star-studded prep career...selected Florida State over Michigan, Florida and South Carolina.
Personal: Born Sept. 29, 1980...major is communications ...earned Academic All-America first-team honors as a junior and will be in contention for the honor again as a senior.
Hope's Career Stats