Coach Speak: Hill in store for big 2011

Cedar Falls and head coach Brad Remmert knew that 2012 running back Barkley Hill was going to have a talented career for the Tigers, but no one expected this.

Cedar Falls and head coach Brad Remmert knew that 2012 running back Barkley Hill was going to have a talented career for the Tigers, but no one expected this.

Hill enters his senior season with already 3500 career rushing yards and nearly 50 touchdowns, but one thing has eluded the junior - a state title.

"We knew he could be a very good player, but he even upped our expectations of what we thought we had when he was a sophomore, when he rushed for over 1700 yards," said Remmert to FoxSports. "He's putting all the time and effort into the weight room, he's out for track. He's doing some great things during the indoor season. He's going to get better. There is no reason not to believe he will be better next year."

Iowa Class 4A Top Rushers in 2010:
1.) Austin Ebertowski - 2078 yards, 39 tds
Council Bluffs

2.) Barkely Hill - 1795 yards, 26 tds
Cedar Falls

3.) Alex Carr - 1686 yards, 23 tds
Cedar Rapids, Washington

Currently the 6-foot, 205 pounder has a scholarship offer from Iowa State, but many more on his trail including: Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan State, and Minnesota.

Last year he rushed for nearly 1800 yards and returns this season as leading 4A rusher in the state of Iowa.

"He's a very talented kid that has a great blend of power and speed. He has done a phenomenal job in his two years here. He's a tough kid on the football field and does just as good in the classroom," said Remmert. "He's a quality leader. He's not a vocal kid, but kids look up to him because they see what he does to get the results that he has had."

If teams from the Mississippi Valley conference had struggles stopping him last year, they need to be game planning for Hill to even see more touches in 2011.

"We are going to try to do a better job of not only featuring him in the backfield, but we are going to try to get him in open space by throwing him the ball," said Remmert. "He has really good hands, but we just haven't thrown it to him very much."

Cedar Falls went 11-1 last year, losing in the Iowa 4A State Quarterfinals to eventual state-runner up Iowa City West.


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