Ty'Ron Hopper, Mizzou standout linebacker, decides on 2024 season
Ty’Ron Hopper is going pro after 5 seasons of SEC football.
Hopper announced his declaration for the 2024 NFL Draft on Saturday through social media account. He departs after 2 standout seasons at Mizzou and also included Florida in his note, where he played his first 3 seasons. The NCAA’s COVID-19 waiver allowed him the option of returning for 2024 having played four full seasons and a redshirt year.
“As I reflect on my college career, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the incredible experience and people I’ve met during this journey,” Hopper wrote. “I want to thank God for giving me the ability to play this game at such a high level and for continuing to open new doors along the way. Thank you to my family for your guidance – I wouldn’t be where I am today without you all.
“My time as a Tiger will stay with me forever. Thank you to my teammates and coaches for believing in me and helping to shape me into the player I am today. Thank you to the fans for your unwavering support and passion for our team.
“To Gator Nation – thank you for welcoming me in and allowing me to be a part of your journey. I will always cherish the memories we made together.
“As I embark on the next chapter of my football career, I carry with me the lessons learned and friendships forged among the years. With that being said, I AM OFFICIALLY DECLARING FOR THE 2024 NFL DRAFT!”
Hopper was a key part of a successful season for the Tigers. Hopper was Mizzou’s leading tackler at the time of his November injury, which forced him to be sidelined. A Butkus Award finalist, Hopper finished with 55 tackles, including 6 TFLs and 3 sacks in 10 games.
He had a career year in 2022, logging 78 tackles with 14 TFLs and 2.5 sacks. It was a fitting follow-up to his 2021 season at Florida, in which he logged 65 tackles with 10 TFLs and 3.5 sacks.
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— Tyron hopper (@tyron_hopper) January 6, 2024