BOULDER – With 4 boys bouncing off the partitions of the Kopp family, the video games by no means stopped.
Well, perhaps typically they stopped.
“Our rule was if someone started crying we had to stop.” laughed Braden Kopp, older brother of CU Buffs freshman quarterback Maddox Kopp. “We were always competitive, always outside playing sports.”
It ought to come as little shock, then, that each one 4 Kopp siblings have adopted within the footsteps of their father, former University of Tennessee-Chattanooga tennis participant Will Kopp, as scholarship Division I athletes.
Braden performed offensive sort out at Vanderbilt, Miller is a senior ahead for the Indiana males’s basketball group, and Anderson is a senior guard at Missouri-Kansas City. Maddox, in the meantime, is beginning his first preseason camp in Boulder seeking to transfer up the CU Buffs quarterback depth chart this fall.
After transferring in January from the University of Houston, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound redshirt freshman has work to do with the intention to catch as much as incumbent starter Brendon Lewis, sophomore backup J.T. Shrout and redshirt freshman Drew Carter.
Kopp mentioned he’s targeted on getting higher day-after-day.
“When I decided to come here I knew that I just wanted an opportunity to compete and that’s what I’m doing every day, I love it.” Kopp mentioned. “We are pushing each other and it’s been great.”
Before Kopp discovered his love for soccer, he performed basketball alongside his brothers. In truth, it wasn’t till his junior yr at St. Thomas High School in Houston that he dedicated to pursuing soccer after highschool.
“I wanted to be a basketball player, but I fell in love with every aspect of the quarterback position and didn’t look back,” Kopp mentioned.
His newfound dedication, in addition to a development spurt that noticed him shoot up 4 inches, led to Kopp taking on as quarterback for St. Thomas, the place he led the Eagles to a 16-7 file in two seasons. He accomplished 431 of 752 passes for six,334 yards, 59 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
“He did the work and committed to the role,” St. Thomas soccer coach Rich McGuire mentioned.
Playing basketball helped Kopp get seen as a soccer recruit, along with his brothers chipping in their very own experience.
“We put photos of his dunks before his highlights so that people could see his athleticism and height,” Braden mentioned. “That’s what jump-started his recruiting.”
Two years later, Kopp is in a crammed CU quarterback room however mentioned he enjoys the competitors and makes use of his teammates to get higher. Most of all, he’s excited to start out his personal journey.
Despite being far aside geographically, Maddox and his brothers are nonetheless as shut as they had been in childhood. Whether it’s by way of Facetimes or their personal group chat, the Kopp brothers assist each other, particularly their youngest brother.
“Once he puts the pieces together he can do some really special stuff,” Braden mentioned. “I know why a lot of people are excited about Maddox. His ceiling is as high as he wants it to be.”