On top of all the usual preparation that goes into playing collegiate football, Maryland's Alvin Hill has thrown ballet into the mix.
"Yesterday...I felt like I was floating," Hill enthusiastically told a crowd of captivated reporters.
The senior defensive back is currently enrolled in a two-credit ballet class at the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Typically, he's one of two males in attendance.
Hill isn't by any means the first football player to take up dance as a means of preparation. Super Bowl X MVP Lynn Swann has stated that dance helped him establish body control on the field. Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette back in 2013 that ballet is "harder than anything else" he does. Still, picturing the 6-foot 200-pound safety transition between first and second position is wildly entertaining.
"I know Lynn Swann took ballet. I just know it can translate really well on the football field, especially with jumping and explosive movements."
Hill has stepped up for D.J. Durkin, and has solidified a starting roll in a secondary unit that was riddled with questions during the offseason. The Terps are 2-0 on the season, with Hill making starts in both of Maryland's wins. Whether its the ballet or hard work, whatever Hill is doing is working.
So far, his only complaint has been the shoes.
"It's kind of weird wearing the shoes though...it feels like girl's shoes."