Hoppel Getting Job Done

Hoppel Getting Job Done

One of the players who really stepped up his play this fall is sophomore Adam Hoppel. The Lisbon, Ohio native started the season in a back-up role that increased when senior Tony Carvitti went down during the Miami game. BCI spoke with Hoppel during the media day leading up to Connecticut.

Considered one of the top players coming out of Eastern Ohio during his senior year of high school, Adam Hoppel didn't get caught up in the recruiting hype surrounding many of his Bearcat teammates.  A fullback and defensive end at Beavercreek Local, Hoppel also excelled in wrestling earning three trips to state while winning the Division Two title in 2002 and runner-up status in 2003.


When asked how he ended up a Bearcat, Hoppel laughed and looked back at his recruiting. 


"I really didn't talk to a lot of teams.  Before my senior year of high school when it was time to go to camps and things I broke my foot so I didn't get a chance to camp anywhere.  UC called me late, I think it was about a week before signing day and I came up here and saw all the new facilities that were being built and really liked the fact they were going into the Big East.  I think I made a very good decision."


While Hoppel knew he would see the field this year, many felt he'd spell Tony Carvitti during the season before taking on a more fulltime role next year.  When asked how he felt when Carvitti went down, Hoppel talked about the change.


"I've been ready and worked hard since I've been here.  When Tony got hurt we needed someone to step up and I just did the best I could.  We're a team here and everyone needs to be ready for when they are called upon.  I just did what the others on this team would also do."


Saturday saw Adam be part of a very big play and the smile was still etched on his face. 


"It was a big game and especially after the game I didn't know what to think.  But it's now time to get ready and prepare for the next one."


Hoppel is no different then other members of the Bearcats defensive line.  With most of the members standing around the 6'0-6'2 range, Hoppel knows their not the biggest but size doesn't always matter.


"Even though we're smaller I'm sure our d-line is as strong as many of the bigger offensive lines we've played against.  I know everyone along the d-line works hard in the weight room.  We watch a lot of film and prepare for each game both mentally and physically.  While they may be taller I feel we get leverage by staying low and that is a huge advantage."


Hoppel feels he made a great choice by attending Cincinnati and talked about why others should be looking to become members of the Bearcats program.


"Since all the new facilities are done we've got some of the best in the nation.  Coach Dantonio is not only a great coach but also a great guy and you can talk with him about anything.  And as you can tell from the win on Saturday, this program is on the rise and is only going to get better."


When the topic of practice came up and who gives him the hardest time among the offensive line, Hoppel wasted little time in naming Trevor Canfield as the one player he sees giving it to him the most.


"Trevor comes off the ball real hard and is a really good run blocker.  So he really gets you ready for that week's game.


Adam Hoppel still has two more seasons to help the Bearcats reach new heights in the Big East.  His work since coming to Cincinnati shows what one can do when they put hard work and team first.

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