Tulane kicker Cairo Santos won the Lou Groza Award, and Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M won the Outland Trophy during the Home Depot College Football Awards show on Thursday night, beating out their competitors from the ACC. But it was still an eventful day for Hopkins and Cooper.
They were named Walter Camp first-team All-Americans, along with Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner. For those wondering, the Walter Camp All-America team is selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the 124 FBS schools. Cooper is the first Tar Heel to earn Walter Camp All-America honors since defensive back Trimane Goddard was a second-team selection in 2008.
Miami running back Duke Johnson was selected to the Walter Camp second team as kick returner.
Cooper, Werner and Hopkins are first-team All-ACC selections. Cooper and Werner also were selected first-team All-Americans by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
Also Thursday, Hopkins was named a first-team Capital One Academic All-American, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). A graduate student pursuing his master's degree in international affairs, Hopkins has a 3.76 grade-point average. Clemson center Dalton Freeman made the second team.