Hill looking to contribute

Austin Hill will likely have an expanded role this season and is looking forward to it. Read on to see how he plans on handling it, what his expectations are, and more.

One thing that has become apparent throughout the course of Fall Camp is that Arizona is going to be throwing the ball a lot in 2011. With a senior quarterback and one of the best receiving units in the country, UA should have the ability to beat teams through the air often throughout the course of the season.

One player anxious to make an impact at wideout is redshirt freshman Austin Hill. The receiver has been making noise on the field throughout offseason practice sessions and scrimmages and he is looking like another promising wideout that could make an impact for the Wildcats early in his career.

Every college football player has a strong desire to be on the field, but Hill is being patient for now and will do what the staff asks of him.

"I plan on getting as many touches as coach is willing to give me," Hill said. "As a receiver unit we have been working really hard, so no matter who is in we are going to ball out every play."

It can take time for a receiver and his quarterback to get on the same page. Hill is still hoping to improve his timing with UA signal-caller Nick Foles, but admits it's coming along nicely thus far.

"I feel pretty good," Hill said. "But it can always get better."

The offensive line has been a hot topic of discussion this offseason, mainly due to its inexperience and youth. Hill doesn't see it as too much of an issue though, as he believes the offense has still been going about its approach the same as it always has.

"We are running our stuff," Hill said. "Our line is getting better every single day. We are starting the season pretty tough, so we have to get started rolling."

It was a tough offseason for Hill's wide receiver teammate Juron Criner. Now that Criner is back with the team, Hill believes it lifts the team's spirits when he is on the field.

"It is a confidence booster when he's playing," Hill said. "He's getting back and doing everything he can off the field, so we need to do everything we can on the field to take over when he's not in there."

Every year there seems to be a new crop of receivers making some noise and while it will be tough for any of the true freshmen to crack the rotation at the position, Hill has been impressed with their performance so far in camp.

"All of them," Hill said. "They're all working hard. They have all known the plays and are making great catches. I am really proud of them. They've come in and done a really great job."

With a little under three weeks remaining until Arizona takes the field for real, Hill is confident with his current abilities. Now it's just a matter of going out there and improving himself.

"Just being consistent," Hill said. "Just following through. I know what I can do, so I just need to go out there and show everyone else what I can do."

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