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Eugene "T.Y." Hilton's staying at home in Miami, instead of leaving for schools like Ole Miss and Florida, is just one example of why limiting scholarships has allowed parity to add even more excitement to college football. The former All-Dade County high school selection in football and basketball did not take long to show why his athleticism was coveted by programs of many sizes and statures.
Hilton was named Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, first-team all-conference as a returner and all-purpose player, and Freshman All-American as a return specialist by multiple organizations after a strong first season at FIU (41-1,013-7 receiving, 14-43-2 rushing, 36-843-1 kick returns, 18-266-1 punt returns). He was bothered by nagging injuries as a sophomore but still led the team in receiving (57-632-5) and kickoff returns (22-633-1), then returned to form strong enough to be named Sun Belt Player of the Year for his play in 2010 (59-848-5 rec, 30-282-4 rush, 29-833-2 KR, 20-126 PR), helping FIU win its first Sun Belt title.
The electric Hilton scored on his first touch of the season in both 2008 and 2009, and his play in 2010 only cemented his status as one of the best slot receiver/return specialist prospects in the draft. In fact, he could be the highest-drafted player in FIU's short program history. But even if his lack of size doesn't allow him to beat former FIU DE/OLB Antwan Barnes' fourth-round selection (#134, 2007, Baltimore), his speed, hands, toughness make him quite likely to hear his name called well before the 222nd pick, where Tampa Bay selected his former teammate and son of his godparents, defensive back Anthony Gaitor, in the 2011 draft.
Positives: Combines speed, balance, quickness, vision and crisp cuts to leave defensive backs and linebackers in the dust. Very good hands, accepts the ball fluidly on most throws and is ready to make a play afterwards. Makes catches in traffic, even going up over taller defenders with vertical and toughness. Flashes the foot quickness and toughness to handle slot duties at the next level and lines up all over the field. Dangerous with the ball in his hands.
Negatives: Rarely got challenged in press coverage in college, and he will need to prove he can shake and make the crisp cut to free himself from the jam. NFL defenders may be able to knock him off his route because of his slight frame.
Hilton had another stellar season for FIU, finishing the regular season with 950 receiving yards and an FIU record-tying seven receiving touchdowns. This season, Hilton broke several FIU and Sun Belt Conference career records including receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, all-purpose yards and kickoff return yards. Early in the season, in front of a national ESPN audience, Hilton burned Co-BIG EAST Champion Louisville Cardinals for an FIU-record 201 yards, earning National Player of the Week honors. Later in the year, against FAU, Hilton broke off a 97-yard punt return for touchdown. The punt return is the longest in FIU history, second-longest in Sun Belt history, and makes Hilton the first FIU player, and just the third in Sun Belt history, with two or more punt returns for touchdown.
2010 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, first-team All-Sun Belt Conference team. Hilton led the Panthers with 59 catches for 848 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran for 282 yards and four scores. His 29 kickoff returns went for 833 yards, including two scores, and he also returned 20 punts for 126 yards. Perhaps the biggest game of his career came against ULM on Nov. 6, when he amassed 291 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns, two on receptions, one rushing and one on a kick return. Last December, playing on national television, Hilton wowed the football world with his performance in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, leading FIU to a 34-32 victory. In the game, Hilton caught one touchdown and scored another on an 89-yard kickoff return. However, the biggest play of the game was a 4th-and-17 play in which Hilton was on the back-end of a "Hook and Ladder," and tip-toed his way down the sideline to pick up the first down and keep FIU in the game.
Despite being limited by nagging injuries, led the team with 57 catches, 632 receiving yards and five touchdown receptions… returned 22 kicks for a team-best 633 yards and an average of 28.8, the highest in FIU history… ran the bal six times for 49 yards… his 57 catches are the third-highest single-season total in FIU history…moved into fourth-place on career-receiving yards list with 1,645 and fifth place in career-receptions with 98… moved into second-place on FIU’s career kickoff return yardage list with 1,474… opened the season with a 96-yard kickoff return for touchdown against Alabama (9/12), marking the second year in a row that he has scored on his first touch of the season… also caught five passes for 40 yards against the Crimson Tide… set a career-high at the time with nine catches against Rutgers (9/19), going for 80 yards and a pair of scores… caught nine balls against Toledo (9/26) for a season-best 126 yards and one touchdown… tied an FIU record and set a career-best with 11 catches against ULM (10/3), racking up 117 yards and one touchdown… caught a 31-yard pass against WKU (10/10) before suffering the injury that hindered him for the rest of the season… had six receptions or 44 yards against Troy (10/17)… caught three passes for 24 yards against Arkansas State (10/24)… was in for just one kickoff return against Louisiana (10/31), and didn’t have a catch, breaking a streak of 18 consecutive games with at least one reception… caught two passes for 33 yards against Middle Tennessee (11/7)… had four receptions and one score against North Texas (11/14)… hauled in four passes for 75 yards against Florida (11/21)… closed out the season with three receptions for 28 yards against Florida Atlantic (12/5).
Was named to the Freshman All-American team as a punt return specialist by the Football Writers Association of America...was named Freshman All-American kick returner by the Sporting News and was an honorable mention Freshman All-American by Scout.com...received honorable mention All-America in Sports Illustrated for All-Purpose players and was selected Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year by the Sporting News and Rivals.com...was named the Freshman of the Year by the Sun Belt Conference...named to the All-SBC First Team as a kick return specialist and all-purpose player...Named Miami Herald First Team All-Florida...accounted for 12 touchdowns overall this season (7 receiving, 2 rushing, 1 punt return, 1 kickoff return and 1 throwing)...set the FIU single season record for receiving yards (1,013), average yards/reception (24.7), all-purpose yards (2,162) and tied for the most receiving touchdowns (7)...was named to the CBSSportsline.com Freshman of the Year watchlist...finished the season ranked third in the nation in all-purpose yards per game with 180.25 per contest...ranked ninth in the country in punt-return yards per game with an average of 14.78...was given a helmet sticker by ESPN.com on two occasions (week 11 & 15)... in his collegiate debut at Kansas (8/30) scored a touchdown the first time he touched the ball on a 74-yard punt return...at Iowa (9/6) caught two passes for 39 yards and accumulated 144 all-purpose yards...vs. USF (9/20) caught one pass for 61 yards and had 127 all-purpose yards...at Toledo (9/27) caught two passes for 39 yards, including his first collegiate receiving touchdown...returned three kicks against the Rockets for 97 yards...was named the SBC Special Teams Player of the Week after his performance against Toledo...at North Texas (10/4) caught three passes for 145 yards and two scores...amassed 197 all-purpose yards against the Mean Green...vs. Middle Tennessee (10/11) caught three passes for 82 yards and one touchdown...returned seven kicks against the Blue Raiders for 162 yards, giving him 248 all-purpose yards for the game...caught six passes at Troy (10/18) for 116 yards and amassed 244 all-purpose yards...returned the opening kickoff at Louisiana (11/1) 90 yards for a score...caught four passes for 96 yards against the Ragin’ Cajuns, giving him a season-best 295 all-purpose yards...set an FIU single-game record with 199 receiving yards on six receptions vs. Arkansas State (11/8)...also threw the game-winning 38-yard touchdown pass against the Red Wolves to fellow freshman wideout Junior Mertile...finished the game against ASU with 252 all-purpose yards...vs. Louisiana at Monroe (11/22) tied an FIU freshman record with eight catches... had 93 receiving yards and one touchdown against the Warhawks...in the Shula Bowl against FAU (11/29) caught four passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns...scored his first rushing touchdown against the Owls... in the season finale vs. WKU (12/6) caught two passes for 44 yards and scored his second rushing touchdown.
Considered by many to be the best athlete in Dade County...nominated for Dade County’s Athlete of the Year...two-sport star (basketball) selected as a Miami Herald First Team All-Dade in football this year and First Team All-Dade in basketball as a junior...FSWA 6A Second Team All-State pick...averaged 18.7/catch as a senior, totaling 785 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns and also had four touchdowns on returns in 10 games...led Dade County with eight interceptions as a sophomore to go along with 650 receiving yards...was injured most of his junior year...four-year starter in basketball...recruited by Ole Miss, West Virginia and Florida.
Born November 14, 1989…son of Tyrone and Cora Hilton.
Draft Scout Player News
09/23/15 - WR T.Y. Hilton (bruised knee) fully practiced Wednesday. He should be good to go against Tennessee on Sunday. Hilton was hurt in the season opening loss at Buffalo but was able to start against the New York Jets Monday night.
09/22/15 - WR T.Y. Hilton (bruised knee) was active for the Jets game. Hilton played the majority of the Colts' offensive snaps, catching four passes for 45 yards. It was originally thought that he might miss some playing time after being injured in the team's season opener at Buffalo two weeks ago. But Hilton was cleared to play against the Jets.
09/19/15 - WR T.Y. Hilton (bruised knee) did not practice Friday. Hilton's availability for the Jets game on Monday night has yet to be decided.
09/17/15 - WR T.Y. Hilton (knee) did not practice Thursday. But Hilton may be cleared to play Monday night against the Jets.
X-rays on Hilton's knee were negative. He was hurt in last Sunday's season-opening loss at Buffalo. Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said after Thursday's workout that he has a lot of optimism that Hilton will be able to return to practice this week and possibly play in the New York game.
09/17/15 - WR T.Y. Hilton (knee) did not practice Thursday. But Hilton may be cleared to play Monday night against the Jets. X-rays on Hilton's knee were negative. He was hurt in last Sunday's season-opening loss at Buffalo. Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said after Thursday's workout that he has a lot of optimism that Hilton will be able to return to practice this week and possibly play in the New York game.
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