No. 1 - Jeremy Hill

TSD's summer-long countdown of the top 50 LSU football players for the 2013 season comes to a close Friday. Taking the top spot is sophomore running back Jeremy Hill.

Publisher's Notes: Every weekday until the LSU football team reports for Fall Camp on Sunday, Aug. 4, TSD will unveil another player in our top 50 Tigers for the 2013 season. We arrived at this list by combining individual rankings from TSD's Austin Cooper, Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua. For example, a player who received a No. 1 vote got 50 points, a No. 2 vote got 49 points, and so on. Every player who received votes had his points totaled across all three individual lists, and the result was our final TSD ranking. All players, including incoming signees, were eligible for selection.

No. 1 – RB Jeremy Hill

As a freshman running back at LSU, when your season evokes comparisons to those of Dalton Hilliard, Kevin Faulk and Justin Vincent, you're a pretty special football player. Tack on to Jeremy Hill's case the fact that he largely rode the pine through the Tigers' first six games of 2012, rushing for a combined 71 yards in garbage time while waiting in line behind a slew of elder statesmen in the backfield, and it's even more impressive just how much he did in a relatively small window of time.

Hill made good on an opportunity thrown his way by position coach Frank Wilson in the South Carolina contest. The Redemptorist product toted the rock 17 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns against the vaunted Gamecock defense, even sprinkling in a 21-yard reception for good measure. The next week at Texas A&M, Hill decimated the Aggies, rushing for 127 yards and a crucial late touchdown on 18 carries. In LSU's remaining five games, Hill scored seven more touchdowns and bested the century mark twice. For the season he ended with 755 yards and 12 touchdowns on 142 carries (5.3 ypc). Those 12 rushing touchdowns are the most by a freshman back in program history.

Heading into Fall Camp, however, there's less excitement for a player of this caliber than you'd expect. That's because, following an arrest on simple battery charges in late April, Hill was indefinitely suspended by Les Miles. As the legal process unfolds for Hill, who did have a prior charge and violated probation with his latest arrest, he is not part of the team and won't report to camp with his teammates on Monday. There are still a lot of questions when it comes to how many games the 6-foot-2, 235-pound Hill will miss in 2013. Could be zero, a few or all of them. Hill was the best player on the field when LSU exited spring ball. Time will tell if and when he gets the chance to be that again in a purple-and-gold uniform.

By The Numbers

Hill's highest ranking: 1st
Hill's lowest ranking: 2nd

Why this ranking is too high

Other than the whole indefinitely suspended thing, which could cost Hill a few games or possibly his entire collegiate career, there aren't too many knocks on his game. But it's that threat of not being available that could understandably sink his status and ranking in the eyes of some. The only other conceivable question mark for Hill is durability, given the fact that he hasn't been asked to carry the load for an entire season at LSU yet.

Why this ranking is too low

It's not. At the No. 1 overall spot, Hill couldn't be ranked any higher.

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