Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2016, 2017)
» Nebraska Tight End Record for Receptions, Season (34 in 2017)
» Six-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2017, 2018)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2018)
Tight end Tyler Hoppes completed his Nebraska career with a strong senior season in 2017. Hoppes served as a key reserve during his first three seasons in the Nebraska program, before a breakout senior season, when Hoppes set a Husker season record for receptions by a tight end.
A Lincoln Southwest graduate, Hoppes joined the Husker program as a walk-on after spending one season at Wayne State. Hoppes earned the majority of his playing time on special teams in his first two seasons, before emerging at tight end as a senior. Off the field, Hoppes was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a regular member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Hoppes completed his degree in sociology in December of 2017.
Hoppes played in all 12 games with 10 starts at tight end. He caught 34 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns to set a Nebraska season record for receptions by a tight end. His reception total bettered the previous record of 32 catches by Mike McNeill in 2009.
Hoppes had five games with at least three receptions, beginning with the season opener against Arkansas State when he totaled three catches for 40 yards. Hoppes also tallied three or more catches against Purdue, Minnesota, Penn State and Iowa.
Hoppes had a career-long 35-yard catch at Oregon, and nabbed his first career touchdown at Illinois. Against Purdue, Hoppes had five catches for 105 yards and a touchdown in NU's comeback victory. His 100-yard receiving game was the first by a Husker tight end since 2007. He added four catches, including a touchdown at Minnesota and had a career-best six receptions at Penn State.
Hoppes played in 10 games, primarily on special teams. Hoppes worked on the Huskers' kickoff return unit. He also provided depth at tight end behind three seniors.
Hoppes added depth at tight end, but did not play in a game.
Hoppes joined the program from Wayne State and sat out the season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Before Nebraska (Lincoln Southwest HS/Wayne State)
Hoppes played one year at Wayne State as a tight end under Coach Dan McLaughlin. Hoppes played in nine games and caught five passes for 49 yards and one touchdown. Against Minnesota-Crookston, Hoppes made two catches for 24 yards, including a four-yard touchdown reception. He added two catches for 18 yards against Concordia-St. Paul.
Hoppes played for Coach Mark King at Lincoln Southwest High School. As a senior, Hoppes caught 15 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns en route to collecting all-city and All-Heartland Conference accolades. Hoppes also recorded 53 tackles in helping the SilverHawks to a 6-4 record and a Class A state playoff berth. As a junior, Lincoln Southwest went 9-2 and made it to the second round of the Class A playoffs, as Hoppes had 52 tackles and seven sacks en route to being an honorable-mention all-city pick.
The son of Tim and Teresa Hoppes, Tyler was born on May 8, 1995. He has been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll six times. Hoppes has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, the Lincoln Marathon, NFL Fuel Up to Play 60, American Education Week, the People’s City Mission and local hospital visits. He earned a spot on the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams in 2017 and 2018.
Games Played--22 (10 in 2016, 12 in 2017)
Games Started--10 in 2017