Jay Hopson is in his second year as linebackers coach for the Michigan football program. He joined the staff after spending three seasons as defensive coordinator, defensive backs and middle linebackers coach for the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (2005-07).
In 2007, he was named the All-American Football Foundation Top Assistant Coach.
Hopson's defensive units led Conference USA in scoring defense each of his three seasons as defensive coordinator. In 2006, the Golden Eagles led C-USA in third down defense and red zone defense. The 2005 defense led the league in turnovers forced per game and led the nation in fumbles gained.
Prior to his appointment as defensive coordinator, Hopson coached the defensive backs for the Golden Eagles from 2001-03. In 2002, his unit led the nation in fewest passing touchdowns allowed and finished fourth nationally in pass efficiency defense. Southern Mississippi led C-USA and finished fifth nationally in pass defense during the 2003 season. Each year of his tenure, USM ranked in the top 15 nationally in scoring defense.
Hopson spent 2004 at his alma mater, the University of Mississippi, as defensive backs coach and was the program's recruiting coordinator. The Rebels' pass defense improved from 109th nationally in 2003 to 49th during the 2004 campaign.
Hopson's coaching experience includes positions at Marshall University (1996-2000) and Delta State (1993) as defensive backs coach. He was a member of the Herds' 1996 NCAA I-AA National Championship staff and coached the team to four straight Mid-American Conference championships. Hopson also held defensive graduate assistant positions at the University of Florida (1995), Louisiana State (1994) and Tulane (1992). He helped the Gators to the Southeastern Conference championship and played for the national championship in the Fiesta Bowl.
Hopson has coached 10 all-conference players and three All-Americans. Two of his players have been nominated for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back, and two of his players were named to Sports Illustrated's All-Bowl Team.
Hopson was a four-year letterman and received the 1991 John Howard Vaught Award as a player at the University of Mississippi. A CoSIDA Academic All-American, Hopson graduated from Mississippi with a bachelor's degree in business administration (1992) and received a master's of health in physical education and recreation from Delta State (1994).
Hopson and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters, Virginia and Hannah.
Hopson's All-Conference Performers
1996: Scott Smythe (1st, All-Southern)
1997: Rogers Beckett (2nd, All-MAC), Larry Moore (2nd)
1998: Rogers Beckett (1st, All-MAC), Daninelle Derricott (1st)
1999: Rogers Beckett (1st, All-MAC), Daninelle Derricott (1st)
2000: Daninelle Derricott (1st, All-MAC), Maurice Hines (1st)
2001: Greg Brooks (1st, C-USA), Chad Williams (1st)
2002: Etric Pruitt (1st, C-USA)
2003: Greg Brooks (1st, C-USA), Etric Pruitt (1st), Marvin Young (1st), Alex Ray (3rd)
2005: Trevis Coley (1st, C-USA), John Eubanks (1st)
2007: Gerald McGrath (1st, C-USA/Defensive Player of the Year), Brandon Sumrall, Matthew Chatelain, Montavious Prince
1999: Rogers Beckett, S (3rd)
2002: Etric Pruitt, DB (2nd)
The Hopson File
Date of Birth: October 13, 1968
Birthplace: Vicksburg, Miss.
High School: Warren Central High School (Vicksburg, Mississippi)
College: Mississippi (1992)
Graduate: Delta State (1994)
Children: Virginia, Hannah
College Bowl Experience (10)
Florida: Fiesta (1995)
Marshall: Motor City (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
Southern Mississippi: GMAC (2006), Houston (2001), Liberty (2002), New Orleans (2004), Papajohns.com (2007)
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