Setting the Stage
Jeremy Hill was a three sport athlete at Redemptorist High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He played football, baseball and ran track. He was selected to the 2010 Parade All-American team as a running back. As a senior, Hill ran for 2,203 yards (8.2 ypc) and scored 38 touchdowns. He was rated as a four-star athlete by both Rivals.com and 247Sports.com.
He did not immediately attend college, enrolling at LSU for the Spring Semester of 2012. As a true freshman, he started slowly with only 13 carries through the first six weeks of the season. He played in 11 games, but only started five. He came on strong down the stretch, with 136 carries over the final seven games. He became the first true freshman to lead the team in rushing since 2003, totaling 755 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns.
In his sophomore (second season), he started 11 of their 12 games and had 203 rushes for 1,401 yards (6.9 ypc) and scored 16 touchdowns. His 116.8 yards rushing per game ranked 2nd in LSU history to the record set by Charles Alexander in 1977. His 6.9 ypc average set the all-time SEC record for yards per carry with at least 200 attempts. He set another LSU season record by rushing for over 100 yards seven times.
Following his sophomore season, he declared for the 2014 NFL Draft. At the Combine, he measured 6’-1” and weighed 233 pounds. His size and college production were outstanding, but his athleticism was not highly valued. His pre-draft time in the 40-yard dash was 4.66 seconds and he had no outstanding measurements among the jumps or shuttles.
The 2014 draft eligible running backs were not highly regarded. Hill was the 2nd one selected at 55th overall in the second round, only one pick after Bishop Sankey was the first running back drafted. Carlos Hyde was next at 57th. Charles Sims at 69th and Devonta Freeman at 103rd are the only RBs of the 20 drafted that have been productive for their teams. Would it surprise you that Jeremy Hill has the most total yards and touchdowns of the 2014 backs? Even in ppr scoring, he has ranked the highest.