Clemson WR Hopper will transfer for final season

Clemson wide receiver Germone Hopper (5) hauls in a pass and eludes UNC safety Tim Scott (7) and races to the end zone in a game Sept. 27, 2014.

CLEMSON — Wide receiver Germone Hopper’s Clemson career has come to an end with the school’s announcement he has decided to transfer with one football season of eligibility remaining.

“Germone has decided to finish up his degree at Clemson and play his fifth year at another school,” head coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement. “We are proud of the progress he made as a Clemson Tiger and appreciate the contributions he made to our program over the last four years. We wish him all the best.”

Hopper tweeted Wednesday “once a Tiger, always a Tiger” and proceeded to retweet dozens of well wishes from fans. Hopper’s occasional statistical outbursts were counterbalanced by some time spent in the Clemson coaches’ doghouse during his four years on campus.

Hopper has clear talent, having caught 71 passes for 797 yards and six touchdowns in 40 career games with the Tigers. He stood out in the South Carolina State game on Sept. 7, 2013 with six grabs for 66 yards and two touchdowns, being named ACC Rookie of the Week; against North Carolina on Sept. 27, 2014, with three receptions for 139 yards and two touchdowns in quarterback Deshaun Watson’s first career start; and Nov. 21, 2015 against Wake Forest with three catches for 120 yards and a touchdown.

However, Hopper was surpassed on the depth chart as a junior by former walk-on Hunter Renfrow, and Hopper did not have a catch in the ACC Championship or either of the College Football Playoff games to close his career. Renfrow is expected to line up alongside Artavis Scott and Mike Williams in the starting lineup next fall.

The Tigers’ wide receiving corps also has backups Trevion Thompson and Ray-Ray McCloud, while the status of Deon Cain (five touchdowns in 2015) remains uncertain for spring practices.