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Heel Tough Blog: Tyrone Hopper Enters the Transfer Portal

Bob Donnan- USA Today Sports

Tyrone Hopper has spent the last six years as a member of the Tar Heel football team and on Monday afternoon, the edge rusher announced that he will in fact be playing a seventh season of college football, this time at a school.

Earlier this evening, Hopper announced via social media that he was entering his name into the transfer portal to play his final season of college football. He leaves Carolina with 63 career tackles, 5.0 tackles and 4.5 sacks and two pass deflections in 41 games played. Hopper missed all but two of games in 2021 after starting ten games at outside linebacker in 2020 for the team.

His departure is not something that should be a major issue for the Tar Heels considering they were probably expecting to be without him anyway. The team still needs some new faces to emerge on the edge, especially with Tomon Fox officially gone after the Duke’s Mayo Bowl. Both Chris Collins and Des Evans started games for the team in place of Hopper, but neither really did much to write home about this season, especially from a pass rushing standpoint. The unit has a lot of inexperience, though, and this move further solidifies the thought that they need to look in the portal for a transfer or two at the edge rusher spot.


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