Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2016)
» Five-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)
2017 Season Notes
» Hauled in three passes for 40 yards in his first career start in the opener against Arkansas State
» Had a career-high 35-yard catch against Oregon
» Recorded first-career touchdown reception at Illinois
Lincoln native Tyler Hoppes is poised to contend for a significant role in the Nebraska offense in 2017. The 6-4, 245-pound Hoppes is the most experienced returnee at tight end, a position where Nebraska lost three four-year letterwinners to graduation. Hoppes developed a strong rapport with quarterbacks Tanner Lee and Patrick O’Brien in the spring and showed the ability to be an effective weapon in the Husker passing game.
Hoppes has earned limited playing time at tight end thus far in his career while seeing more significant action on special teams. Hoppes originally joined Nebraska as a transfer from Wayne State College and started his Husker career as a defensive end before switching to tight end in the spring of 2015.
Hoppes is a sociology major and is on track to graduate in December. He was an Academic All-Big Ten pick in 2016.
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 five 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.