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Duke lacrosse player Hipps transferring to play football at SMU

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Duke's Chris Hipps helped lead the Blue Devils' lacrosse team to an NCAA title this season.

Duke lacrosse player Chris Hipps, several years removed from being one of the most talented wide receivers in the Texas high school football ranks, will give football one final shot.

Hipps will transfer to SMU to compete in football this fall, per NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.

The 6-foot-4, 211-pound former receiver has been an outstanding lacrosse player at Duke, which boasts one of the nation's top lacrosse programs. In fact, Hipps and the Blue Devils won the national title Monday with an 11-9 win over Notre Dame.

There is no telling how much rust Hipps will have to shake loose in order to rise up the SMU football depth chart, but he certainly has the background for it. He caught 86 passes for 1,580 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior at Highland Park High. And if SMU's depth chart is any indication, Hipps' homecoming could result in quick playing time. The Mustangs list four receivers in their base offense, and exited spring practice with a freshman, sophomore, and junior that each lack a varsity letter occupying three of the four starting roles.

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