#88, Tyneil Hopper, Redshirt Sophomore, Tight End
Weight: 238 (+10)
High School: Roswell High School, Roswell, GA
How’d he get to the Blue™?
247Sports had Hopper rated as a three-star athlete, but Rival had him as a four-star TE. He turned down offers from Alabama, Auburn, Illinois, Louisville, South Carolina, and a bunch of high-profile schools with ‘interest’. He came to Boise State as part of that first year that featured the option of an ‘early signing period’ for players. Hopper, however, came on board on the date that used to be signing day, with two other players.
According to Coach Harsin, Hopper learned about Boise State from the NCAA video game. Just imagine how many other great players we might have/currently are missing out on because EA Sports hasn’t been allowed to make one of those since 2013!
Tyneil...tiny. Hopper. Tiny Hopper. Crickets are tiny AND they hop. So, yeah. “Cricket”!
Marcel Yates. But, like...a younger and more slender version.
Tyneil has not yet recorded a stat, although he did play in 13 games last year.
We don’t know a ton about what the tight end rotation will look like in 2020. We can be reasonably sure we’ll see a lot of John Bates, but other than that, not much. Tyneil has a VERY good chance to fill the void left by Garrett Collingham, at the very least. However, I think it’s entirely possible he carves out a much more sizable role. I specifically remember being very impressed by him in the spring game last year. He has a LOT of talent and athleticism. There’s definitely a reason he was rated as the 13th best tight end (in the country) the year he came out of high school. See for yourself:
Is he on Twitter?
He is, but does not appear to use it much outside of the occasional retweet
Completely made up fact
The reason Tyneil didn’t commit to Alabama or Auburn and didn’t stay in Georgia actually had nothing to do with football. Rather, Tyneil came to Idaho to get as far away from alligators as possible. And he can’t be blamed in the slightest!