SALINA—One Hoppes down, another one steps forward. Kaleb Hoppes might not have to fill his older brother's, Kyler, shoes at the quarterback position. Even though he's one of the front runners to take over for the quarterback position, Hoppes' heart belongs on defense. Can you blame him? He is one of the hardest hitters on the team.

"Everyone knows that Ky was a great quarterback," Hoppes said. "It will be awesome to do as well as he did, but he's been the better quarterback his whole life."

Hoppes started all 11 games at strong safety his junior season and recorded 35 total tackles, 22 solo and 3.0 tackles-for-loss. He, along with Cody Stufflebean, Jacob Feil and Mason Thrash, are key returnees on defense. All four of them are not afraid to get physical after the snap of the ball.

"This year's defense we should be really good," Hoppes said. "We got me, Cody Stufflebean, Jakob Feil, Tyson Gottwald and Mason Thrash," Hoppes said. "A whole bunch of seniors coming back. We should be really good."

Hoppes, unlike his Kyler, has the ideal size to play at the college level at 6-foot-1 190 pounds. In early June while the Bullpups had their camp at Fort Hays State University, he was offered by the Tigers. It won't be long until more school to come after Hoppes whether on offense or defense.

"I think they definitely know that I can play, and my athletic factors are there," Hoppes said.

This coming season, Hoppes will compete with Aidan Hoover and Dylan Rinker for the starting quarterback job. Hoppes won't shy away for the QB job, and if given, it will be a challenge for the senior. However, Hoppes will be ready.

"I just got to practice both sides of the ball, and just do my things from both sides," Hoppes said.

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