Hill Adjusts to WR

Freshman Ryan Hill has been moved to wide receiver earlier this week.

Ryan Hill came to UM confident he would earn playing time.

He has. But it won't be at cornerback as originally expected.

Hill was moved to wide receiver earlier this week after injuries to the position and the depth in the secondary.

He responded with a solid day of practice followed by a big-time 48-yard touchdown reception in the open practice at the Orange Bowl on Tuesday.

"It kind of brought me back to high school," said Hill on the touchdown.

Confidence has always been a strength of Ryan's and it showed when he first arrived.

"To be honest I had confidence from a good first four days, but then I had a bad four days," Hill said. "That is something I never had before so my confidence kind of got shot a little bit. But coach brought me in his office and told me about the other corners that had been through here and it happens. This is college and amongst the best in the nation, it is going to happen."

Now Hill is just playing receiver although he has both offensive and defensive playbooks in his locker. He gets offensive tips from his roommate fellow freshman receiver Sam Shields. Hill is currently on the second-team as an X-receiver, which is an outside receiver.

"I am doing good," said Hill, who feels its easier to pick up the receiver position than cornerback. "I am picking up on all of the formations. I played there in high school and the route trees are the same."

Hill caught 26 passes for 488 yards (18.8 avg) and six touchdowns in his senior year last season.

Defensive backs coach Tim Walton approached Hill about the position change and he was all for it.

"I said, 'Coach I would love to'." Hill does not think the move is permanent although he could find himself there this season, but could move back to corner next year.

He was recruited as a two-way player and chose Miami over Ohio State.


Head coach Larry Coker has been impressed with Ryan Hill's development and thinks he is doing "very well" in his adjustment to receiver.

"Moving Ryan Hill to receiver, I think he has some promise there," Coker said.

The move was made because, "he is a playmaker and we were pretty deep in the secondary," Coker said. "We felt he would be in the two-deep at receiver in a hurry. From what I have seen, I definitely think he will be."

Coker believes Hill will have enough time to prepare for the season opener against Florida State on Sept. 4

"You would like to have more time, but we'll have a package for him and see what he can handle," said Coker, who has stated Hill will play in the game.

"For a young player, I think (wide receiver) is a position that a young player can fit in pretty well," Coker said. "Santana Moss and Reggie Wayne started as a freshman so I think it can be done."


Hill went to high school at Rickards High in Tallahassee.

He knows all about the Seminoles and is excited for the matchup in the opener, although he is already looking forward to playing at Doak Campbell next year.

"It's a dream come true," said Hill, on playing against FSU in the opener. "I am a true freshman and so any way I get on the field is good. I just want to contribute any way I can."

"I know quite a few of (the FSU players), they have quite a few from Tallahassee," said Hill, whose house is five minutes from campus.

Althought just a freshman new to a position, Hill has big expectations for the FSU game.

"I know I can at least get six catches, but the catches are the least of my worries," Hill said. "As a receiver I want to contribute and help us win."

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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