Today, Nate from Northstar Football News caught up with NFN prospect Tristan Hoppe who’s Hutchinson Tigers are ranked 1st in the most recent 4A football poll. We chatted with Hoppe about his college interest, his improvements on the field, and what his goals are individually with the section playoffs starting next week.
Position: Middle Linebacker
High School Program: Hutchinson
Class: 2021, Junior
Get to Know Tristan Hoppe
Hoppe has been a starter for the Tigers since his freshman year at middle linebacker. He calls himself a “student” of the game with great instincts on where the ball will be each time. Hoppe is the Tigers current sack leader for a reason, with 5 sacks on the year
Best Part About the Middle Linebacker Position
His favorite part about the middle linebacker is the “control” he feels in the game. And of course, he loves making key tackles to help his team win as well.
Hoppe says he hopes to play college football at the Division 1 level. “I have a gameday visit to NDSU coming up soon,” Hoppe told Northstar Football News when chatting about his recruiting process.
Improvements from the Off-Season by Hoppe
The two key improvements Hoppe has made to his game are his speed and upper body strength. All last summer he went to the Tigers strength program and was there every morning 5 days a week to get better at what the coaches told him and has shown great improvements in both areas.
The biggest mentor to Hoppe is assistant coach Dave Ellefson as Tristan stated “he’s taught me all about my position since my freshman year” which is why he is a significant mentor in Tristan’s football career.
Team Goals for the Playoffs/Individual Goals
Tristan said the team goal each week is “to go 1-0 until we meet our final goal of winning a state championship” said Hoppe about the team goals. As far as individual goals, Hoppe had 79 tackles last season, and he said he’s hoping to attain more than that this season.
Hutchinson (8-0) will start section playoffs with a bye as they are the 1 seed and will wait for either Mankato East (4 seed) or St. Peter (5 seed) in a game that will be played on Saturday, October 26th, 2019 in Hutchinson.