Data Scout Notes: 2013: 2ndC/1stM...TSX-PTW...04-30-13 - Off-field, Suspended indefinitely...2012: NA
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01/13/14 - LSU RB Jeremy Hill declares for draft...Oft-troubled LSU running back Jeremy Hill tweeted that he would enter April's NFL Draft...After back-to-back seasons leading LSU in rushing, controversial redshirt sophomore tailback Jeremy Hill has reversed course and is heading to the NFL Draft. Hill had reportedly planned to return for his senior season as recently as last week. Hill burst onto the scene late in the 2012 season, stringing together a series of explosive 100-yard performances and leading the Tigers with 755 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Hill built on that success with a team-high 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2013, capped by a 216-yard showing in the Outback Bowl win over Iowa.
But Hill's offseason was marred by his July guilty plea to a simple battery charge stemming from an April incident at a Baton Rouge bar in which Hill was caught punching a man on video. That arrest violated the terms of Hill's existing probation dating to his guilty plea to carnal knowledge of a juvenile in high school -- an incident that forced Hill to delay his enrollment at LSU by a year -- but in August a judge extended Hill's probation and declined to send him to jail, paving the way for Hill's reinstatement to the team. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Hill is now ranked by NFLDraftScout.com as the No. 8 tailback in the draft, and the Baton Rouge native could go off the board as soon as the third round. Hill's decision could have been influenced by the imminent arrival of Leonard Fournette, the five-star No. 1-ranked running back in the class of 2014 who recently committed to LSU. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
01/13/14 - LSU leading rusher Jeremy Hill is entering the NFL draft, opening the way for highly rated recruit Leonard Fournette to assume a central role in the Tigers' ground game. "I am a Tiger for life. I will forever be grateful to my LSU fans, friends, coaches and family. This decision has been very difficult for me," Hill wrote on a social media account that was verified by LSU's chief athletic spokesman Michael Bonnette. "With all of that being said, I have decided to forego my Junior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft." Hill has played two seasons at LSU and was a major reason the Tigers reached double-digit wins in both of them, leading the team in rushing each year. Hill rushed for 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns this season, including a 216-yard, two-touchdown performance in LSU's 21-14 victory over Iowa in the Outback Bowl.
The Baton Rouge native's college career was delayed one season by criminal charges stemming from his sexual relationship with a girl at his high school, which resulted in a misdemeanor plea and two years' probation. Last spring, he was caught on video punching a fellow LSU student outside a bar, resulting in more charges and a suspension from the team. That led to an additional misdemeanor plea, but a state judge in August allowed him to remain on probation — albeit under a curfew, bar-ban and other restrictions — and LSU coach Les Miles allowed Hill to return to the Tigers for fall practice. Miles disciplined Hill by not allowing him to play in the season-opener in Dallas against TCU, which LSU won without him. Hill returned in the second game of the season and quickly earned back his starting job. - AP Sports
01/13/14 - LSU's top rusher and receiver are entering the NFL draft, along with one of the Tigers' starting offensive linemen. In separate announcements Monday, sophomore running back Jeremy Hill, junior receiver Jarvis Landry and sophomore right guard Trai Turner have confirmed their intentions to turn pro. Hill has played two seasons at LSU and was the Tigers' leading rusher each season. He rushed for 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. Landry was expected to turn pro after racking up 1,193 yards receiving and caught 10 touchdowns in his third season. Turner has started at right guard since the middle of 2012, his redshirt freshman year, and leaves with two years of eligibility left. Hill's departure comes after Louisiana high school star running back Leonard Fournette announced he'd attend LSU. - AP Sports
01/02/14 - With NFL beckoning, LSU's Jeremy Hill gashes Iowa...Hill's impressive performance is all the more impressive considering the opponent. Iowa, while clearly not as athletic as LSU, remains one of college football's most fundamentally sound teams and entered the Outback ranked seventh in the country in Total Defense, including 17th against the run. Further, with the freshman Jennings taking over for injured star Zach Mettenberger as the Tigers' quarterback, Iowa could focus on LSU's running game. The Hawkeyes, however, were no match for Hill, who averaged 7.7 yards per carry, with Blue (3.7), Hilliard (3.0) and McGee (1.7) also enjoying success but not to the same degree as the gifted sophomore.
Hill's eligibility for the 2014 draft was in question early as he's only played two seasons of college football. He is three years removed from his high school graduating class, however, as he sat out the 2011 season due to legal complications from an arrest. Those close to the LSU program expect Hill and several others among the Tigers' underclassmen to declare for the draft. Before considering investing any selection in Hill, NFL teams will want to thoroughly investigate his character as he's had multiple run-ins with police. Further, with teams increasingly shifting towards committees at running back and finding talented runners in the later rounds and even undrafted free agency, investing a first round pick in the position has lost momentum. If there is a back potentially available in the 2014 draft class with the elite traits to challenge this thinking, however, it is Hill. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/02/14 - With NFL beckoning, LSU's Jeremy Hill gashes Iowa...Hill's 14-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter perfectly encapsulates his obvious talent. Hill took the handoff from quarterback Anthony Jennings and initially was heading to his left behind star junior left tackle La'el Collins. With a hole developing up the middle, however, Hill subtly shifted to his right, running through arm tackles by two Iowa defenders near the line of scrimmage, accelerating quickly through space and finally twisting through a fine effort by senior middle linebacker James Morris to carry the 6-foot-2, 240-pound All-American into the end zone.
With LSU looking to run out the clock, they turned to Hill again late in the game. He rewarded their faith, taking a pitch off the right side for a 37-yard score with just over two minutes remaining. Following a group of blockers to gain an initial advantage on the Hawkeyes, Hill accelerated past the line of scrimmage and into the open field where the big back simply shook Iowa's senior safety Tanner Miller and threw a wicked stiff-arm to knock off another defensive back (John Lowdermilk) on his way into the end zone. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com