The book on: Jeremy Hill

The LSU running back put up eye-popping numbers — including a school-record 6.9 yards per carry in 2013 — but his off-the-field history is a major concern.

Jeremy Hill

Tailback
Louisiana State University Tigers
#33
6:01.2-233
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Redemptorist High School

OVERVIEW

Hill's football career has experienced a few off-field "speed bumps" along the way, costing him the entire 2011 season, along with being suspended for the 2013 season opener, but once he concentrated strictly on the gridiron, he would go on to etch his name into the school game, season and career record charts, based on his outstanding performance in 2013, his first campaign as a full-time starter.

Two seasons after first suiting up for the Tigers, he decided it was time to test his skills at the professional level, declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft shortly after helping Louisiana State defeat Iowa in the Outback Bowl. Hill finished his brief career establishing a school all-time record with an average of 6.25 yards per rushing attempt. He ranks second in Tigers annals with an average of 93.74 yards per game on the ground. Even though he started just 16 games, he placed seventh all-time with 28 touchdown runs.

Before joining the Louisiana State program, Hill enjoyed a stellar career at Redemptorist High School, where the local product was regarded as a consensus four-star recruit. Scout.com had him ranked 13th among the nation's ball carriers. His teammate, La'El Collins, would later go on to block for Hill as a starting offensive tackle for Louisiana State.

The Prep Star Top 150 list member began his march as a sophomore, enjoying the first of three 1,000-yard campaigns, as he scored 13 times on the ground, picking up 1,048 rushing yards. As a junior, Hill was selected for the Class 3A All-State team, leading his Wolves team to a 10-2 record and the 3A-District VII title. The junior piled up 1,653 yards with 24 touchdowns on 244 rushing attempts (6.78 ypc), leading the district in scoring with 144 points.

Hill was again named an All-State selection, in addition to earning Parade All-American, USA Today All-USA, New Orleans Times Picayune Blue-Chip recruit and The Advocate Super Dozen accolades. He carried 269 times for a record 2,203 yards (8.19 ypc) and 36 touchdowns, scoring again as a receiver and one more time on special teams for a total of 228 points.

The running back was unable to play football or enroll at Louisiana State after first agreeing to join the Tigers in 2011. He was also recruited by Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Nebraska, Southern California and Tennessee, but as a senior in high school, he pleaded guilty to having carnal knowledge of an underage girl when he was an 18-year-old. After he resolved the matter, he enrolled at Louisiana State in January 2012, as Tigers head coach Les Miles still honored his scholarship offer to the player.

Despite seeing limited action during the first half of the 2012 campaign, Hill picked up the pace during the second half of the schedule, rushing for over 100 yards four times. He set the school season-record for freshman by scoring 12 times rushing, as his 755 yards on the ground was the fourth-best total ever by a Tigers true freshman. He also pulled in eight passes for 73 yards and scored 72 points while appearing in 11 games.

Hill was primed for a breakout campaign in 2013, but first, he the sophomore was caught on videotape punching a man outside a night club in April. In July, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery stemming from the incident and was sentenced to community service, along with having to pay the medical expenses of the victim. Les Miles also handed out punishment, suspending his starting tailback for the season opener vs. Texas Christian.

Upon his return to the team, Hill started 11 of the 12 games he appeared in. He set the school season-record with an average gain of 6.9 yards per carry, toting the ball 203 times for 1,401 yards, the second-best output in a campaign by a Tigers runner. He made 18 catches for 181 yards, scored 96 points and amassed at least 100 yards rushing in seven of his appearances, setting another school mark. He would bring his college career to a close with a 216-yard effort vs. Iowa in the Outback Bowl.

Two weeks after the bowl game, Hill announced that he was leaving school and had applied to be included in the 2014 NFL Draft. "I am a Tiger for life," Hill said. "I will forever be grateful to my LSU fans, friends, coaches and family. This decision has been very difficult for me. With all that being said, I have decided to forego my junior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft."

CAREER NOTES

Hill appeared in 23 games at Louisiana State, starting 16 contests…Had 345 rushing attempts for 2,156 yards (6.25 ypc) and 28 touchdowns, as he also pulled in 26 passes for 254 yards (9.77 ypc), adding a pair of solo tackles while posting 168 points and 2,410 all-purpose yards.


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