Healthy Hill Showing What He Can Do

Update on red-shirt offensive lineman Mark Hill's health and outlook for next year

P>Freshman OL Mark Hill 6'6" 272 lbs. missed all of fall camp with an injury.  He's finally healthy, and got to play in the Tigers offense for the first time during the early bowl practices.  Recently, he took time after practice to visit with ShowMeMizzou.

Hill is currently listed behind Justin Britt at left offensive tackle.  He talked about finally getting some reps in Missouri's offense.  "Much better than watching! I came back from the injury.  I'm getting closer and closer to 100%.  It's a lot of fun to finally fly around and hit some guys."

Mark talked about being off so long, and going against Missouri's DEs. "It's coming back to me.  It's taking some time, but it's all coming back, after being out over half a year.  I'm coming back as fast as I can............... We have great defensive ends.  They're quick off the ball, and they just give me a good look every time.  It's really helping me.  I work with Aldon whenever we're in team.  Working with the faster guys, just makes me better and better.  So, having great defensive ends just helps me out even more."

Hill talked about some of the goals he'll be trying to reach this off-season.  "I'm just working on my pass set (with Coaches Walker and Henson), trying to get some strength back and some quickness overall.  Just got to get back into the flow of football, mostly my pass set............ I'm ready to put on some more weight and get bigger, and get into the line-up next year............. They want me at a target weight of 300 lbs., just like the other offensive linemen.  I hope to be 300 lbs. as soon as I can.  I want it to come on the right way."

I asked Mark Hill if he thought he might move to a different position along the offensive line.  He replied, "Right now, they just have me on the left side (at OT).  I'll play wherever they want me.  It's whatever's best for the team.  I would expect not (to move inside), but I'll be ready for anything. So, I'm looking forward to it.  It'll be fun."

Mark Hill looks the part of a left tackle, but could end up on the right side, as well.  He's playing catch-up, because of the missed time, but has the frame to easily carry the weight that he needs to add on.  Because of his apparent mature attitude, and being a coachable guy, I could see him possibly getting on the field in 2010.  I think he'll start spring ball as the number three LT, but movement of personnell along the offensive line could find Hill as the primary back up at RT by fall camp.

Hill talked about school. "First semester went real well.  It was a big change from high school to college.  But, after coming in for the summer, we knew what to expect.  Everything went well."

He answered my question regarding the bowl game.  "The Texas Bowl's going to be a blast!  I've heard the bowl games are just awesome!  It'll be a good time."

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