Posted On: 09/11/20 1:57 PM

What do coaches want in a prototypical high school middle linebacker? They would prefer him to have experience. They would want a guy who can diagnose an offense. Most of all, they will want a physical, sure tackler to roam the middle of the defense. Hutchinson’s Tristan HoppeTristanHoppe6'2" | LBHutchinson | 2021StateMN is one of those guys who check all the boxes.

As far as the playoffs were concerned, the Tigers were coming off – for them - a down season. After an undefeated regular season, they lost in round one of the playoffs. Coming into the 2019 season, they had plenty of questions.

"At the beginning of the year, we don’t know what our o-line was going to look like. At Hutch, we always seem to find guys to step up and take a role on the team. We were led by (Boise State commit) Russell CorriganRussellCorriganTEHutchinson | 2020StateMN, but we all followed him, and we came together as a team. We played hard-nosed football – when in doubt – run the ball."

On defense, they had questions in the secondary.

"Our defense was tight. We communicated well. Our secondary was all sophomores, and we thought that might be a problem,

Minnesota All Access Pass

Subscribe to Prep Redzone Minnesota to get access to all premium articles and prospect rankings for as little as $2 per week with an annual subscription!