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      Brandon Hopkins
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Knoxville, Tenn.

High School:
Farragut

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 172

Position:
OF

Experience:
3L

B/T:
L/L

OUTLOOK: Starting center fielder who has improved as a hitter each year while battling through injuries entire career ... Underwent left shoulder surgery in July 2001.

2001: Starting center fielder who went down with a separated left shoulder at Florida 3/9 ... Returned to lineup as the DH on Apr. 20 at Arkansas ... Played in 40 games, making 17 starts as the designated hitter and 14 in center field ... Finished the season on a six-game hitting streak, going 13-for-23 (.565) to raise average from .324 to .367 ... Led the Vols in the postseason, batting .433 with one home run and 10 RBI ... Hit .533 (8-for-15) in the College World Series with seven RBI ... Drove in a career-high five runs with a home run against Miami 6/9 in the CWS ... Had 13 multi-hit games, including six three-hit games ... Had five multi-RBI contests ... Drove in go-ahead runs in the first game of the Super Regional against East Carolina to give UT an 11-10 lead ... Slugged two home runs in the Vanderbilt series ... Hit .207 against left-handers, .414 against right-handers, .321 with runners in scoring position and 11 two-out RBI.

2000: Played in 48 games, making 42 starts ... Suffered through most of the season with a stress fracture in left leg ... Hit .322 with three home runs, 19 RBI and 12 stolen bases ... Platooned in left field, making 19 starts with 13 in center field, nine as the DH and one in right field ... Had 12 multi-hit and four multi-RBI games ... Had a career-high seven-game hitting streak from 3/31-4/16 ... Had a season-high four hits against Arkansas 4/12 ... Drove in a season-high three runs versus Georgia State 3/5 and collected two doubles at Georgia 3/31 ... Tied school record with two sacrifice flies versus Kentucky 3/26 ... Swiped two bases twice versus Appalachian State 2/27 and Georgia 3/31 ... Opened the season with a six-game hit streak 2/1-9, collecting three two-hit games ... Hit .289 vs. left-handers, .333 vs. right-handers, .310 with two out, .220 with runners in scoring position with five two-out RBI.

1999: Played in 49 games, making 32 starts in left field and one in right ... Came on strong the second half of season, raising average from .194 to .279 over the last 19 games ... Hit .375 (24-for-64), including driving in 15 of 22 runs during that span ... Was second-leading hitter in SEC play, posting a .361 average with two home runs and 10 RBI ... Had best game against Mississippi State 4/18, going 4-for-4 with a double, home run and four RBI ... Posted second four-hit game against Georgia 5/2 and had second four-RBI game versus MTSU 5/11 ... Scored season-high four runs in debut against Georgia State 2/13 ... Hit .286 against left-handers, .278 versus right-handers, .238 with runners in scoring position and .302 with two out ... Had 10 two-out RBI while going 3-for-6 with bases loaded ... During the summer, he played for Asheboro Copperheads in the Coastal Plain League ... Hit .262 with six doubles, two home runs, nine RBI and 17 stolen bases.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Farragut High School where he was named 1998 USA Today Honorable Mention All-America ... A two-time All-KIL and 1998 KIL Player of the Year ... Named 1998 District Tournament MVP and an all-state selection ... Batted .485 with six home runs, 18 doubles, 25 stolen bases and 48 RBI as a senior ... Hit .436 as a junior with two home runs, 19 RBI and 18 stolen bases ... Hit .337 as a sophomore with 11 RBI and 36 steals ... Played at adidas Team One National Showcase in 1997 ... Coached by Tommy Pharr.

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