LSU Tigers News: Jeremy Hill, Who Is Their Breakout Running Back?

  on October 27 2012 8:16 PM

He's been known by LSU Tiger faithful, but to all of college football faithful, he's been just one of LSU's regular four-man rotation at running back. But lately, he's begin to seperate himself a little and make a little bit of a name for himself.

The 6-2, 225 running back is a bruiser who, what he lacks in speed, he makes up for with tough running ability in-between the tackles and as a good pass catcher out of the backfield.

But just who exactly is Jeremy Hill?

Classified as a freshman, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana native attended Redemptorist High School, where he made a name for himself as one of the best backs in the state, rushing for 2,260 yards on 302 carries with 36 touchdowns, breaking his high school's career rushing record. He has been noted for his quality football IQ by LSU head coach Les Miles, and commited to to the Tigers in 2011.

But, Hill had to face some struggles on his way to suddenly becoming a key part of LSU's running game. Hill faced off-the field issues, being charged with another Redemptorist high school student for forcing a 14-year old girl into performing oral sex in the boys locker room several months before he was to sign with LSU in February. As a result, Hill did not sign, sitting out a year to resolve his legal issues.

Sitting out the year watching football, Hill tried his best not to put on too much wait, but he still did, putting on 260 pounds at one point, and he was already a big back weighinh between 225-230 pounds.

Hill would then plead guilty to a misdeameanor charge of carnal knowledge of a juvenile last January, accepting a six-month suspended sentence with supervised probabtion for two years. Hill would sign with LSU in December and enroll in January. 

After not playing for a year, Hill had to work tirelessly to get himself back into playing shape, keeping himself on a steady diet and working everyday to lose the weight he had gained over the previous year. But despite that, he would have to join a crowded LSU backfield that included proven backs in Alfred Blue, Spencer Ware, and Kenny Hilliard. He was as low as No. 5 on the depth chart.

Now, his wait is over, and it is his chance to shine in an expanded role. With Blue lost for possibly the entire season, and a banged up Ware, Hill has been getting the calls, and he has responded. Thanks to the 251 rushing yards over the two previous games, Hill is the team's third leading rusher with 322 yards on 48 carries, only 98 yards behind Spencer Ware, the team's leading rusher. He has also added five touchdowns since his insertion into the rotation.

His ability has eased the running back situation at LSU, and gives them another option. For now, Hill has earned a place as the top back in LSU, and he has shown that he has a nose for the endzone in his short time as the primary ball carrier. With questions about quarterback Zach Mettenberger's consistency in extended gametime situations, Hill will be the primary threat that teams will look to slow down first.