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A little probing Tuesday into the background of Sickles senior defensive tackle Ian Hopkins and sturdy junior fullback Cary White did a lot to explain their athleticism.
We just read between the bloodlines.
Hopkins, a 284-pound Division I prospect whose four sacks lead the 3-0 Gryphons, is a second cousin of 2007 Miami Dolphins first-round draft pick Ted Ginn Jr.
White, the team's top rusher (56 carries, 454 yards, three TDs), is the son of a state track champion of the same name. As a senior at Alachua Santa Fe in 1984, Cary White won the 120-yard hurdles (14.3 seconds) at the Class 2A meet.
While neither has their elder relatives' speed, they're clearly superior in the strength department. Hopkins, who said he has been contacted by Florida, Michigan, UCF, New Mexico and Georgia (among others), squats 575 pounds. White squats 505.