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Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins baptized at practice, sets school receiving record two days later

DeAndre Hopkins gets baptized. Twitter/@coachjeffscott

(CBS News) Like all ACC football teams, the Clemson Tigers went through several weeks of sweaty, bone-crunching practices leading up to the regular season. Said offensive coordinator Chad Morris: "There were some times in fall camp, it was pretty intense."

How intense? Amid the full-contact drills and triple-digit South Carolina heat, one player underwent a religious transformation - and his teammates were all witnesses.

Clemson wide receivers coach Jeff Scott tweeted this photo of junior wideout DeAndre Hopkins getting baptized on Thursday - apparently in a Rubbermaid ice tub.

In his tweet, Scott called the baptism the "highlight of my week."

Two days after the Christian rite, Hopkins made his own highlight of the week -- catching a school-record 13 passes, including a 4-yard touchdown, as the Tigers beat Auburn 26-19.

Hopkins is the second Clemson player to be baptized in a month. All-American wideout Sammy Watkins, who was suspended for the first two games of the season after an offseason drug arrest, was baptized last month.

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