SDSU’s Hopp lone Alaskan still alive in FCS national title chase

December 9, 2017

Tommy Hopp football

Thomas Hopp

Anchorage’s Thomas Hopp of the South Dakota State football team is the only Alaska player part of the Football Championship Subdivision title chase.

The fifth-seeded Jackrabbits defeated New Hampshire 56-14 in Brookings, South Dakota, to reach the final four of the NCAA D1 tournament.

Hopp, of South High fame, is a senior fullback.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder didn’t carry the ball, but he did make a tackle on special teams.

In fact, it was the second straight season the Alaskan made a tackle in a FCS playoff game.

Hopp has played in all 13 games this year for 11-2 South Dakota State.

He made nine tackles, including three solo, and had one tackle for loss. He also returned a kickoff eight yards.

Hopp came to South Dakota State in 2016 from Santa Barbara City College. He arrived as a linebacker but switched to fullback in the spring.

As a junior, he played in 10 games and was selected the team’s Special Teams Player of the Week during Hobo Game against Youngstown State.

He recorded a season-high two tackles in back-to-back games at Northern Iowa and against Villanova in the playoffs.