The Essential List: Alex Hill

A look at Alex Hill -- one of a select group of players essential to Illinois this spring.

Alex Hill - Offensive lineman - 6-3, 310, Senior

The Word: Hill emerged as a more than viable option at center and guard in 2013, splitting time as a starter at both positions. Hill is regarded as a "good guy," around the program, a great representative for the team and a leader in the locker room. He's engaged to Mariah Smith, a thrower on the Illinois track and field team.

2013: Started 12 games, nine at center, three at guard

Expectation: Hill is a senior offensive lineman with starting experience at multiple spots. It's hard to quantify just how much that's worth. It's probably best said like this — a lot. His time at center meant he had to make reads and calls, and younger linemen have routinely cited Hill as the they guy they go to when in need. Attributes like that don't go away. With one year left, expect much the same from the well-regarded Hill.

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