A little update to a Sunday Poll we ran a few weeks ago: I asked fans if they thought Hill could rush for 1,000 yards this season. At that time, OSU had just beaten Kansas and Hill had 565 yards. The majority of you said yes, he can hit 1,000 yards, though you were split on whether or not he could do it before the bowl game.
As of this today, Hill has 789 yards. That’s after he recorded his SCHOOL-RECORD (!!!!) fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season. It also leaves him with the fourth most rushing yards for an OSU freshman:
- Mike Hamilton (961 yards)
- Jamaal Fobbs (928 yards)
- Thurman Thomas (843 yards)
- Justice Hill (789 yards)
- Andre Richardson (774 yards)
- Kendall Hunter (696 yards)
Right now, Hill is just 172 yards from passing Hamilton and 211 from reaching the 1,000 yard mark. Think about that for a second; in the next three games (TCU, OU, Bowl) Hill needs to average 71 yards a game to become the first freshman in school history to rush for 1.000 yards in a season. At the 5.1 yards a carry Hill is averaging right now, he would need about 14 carries a game through the next three to reach the 1K mark.
It’s also important to point out, his best games have come against good competition. His four 100 yard rushing games were against Big 12 teams:
at Baylor (122 yards)
Texas (135 yards)
at Kansas (162 yards)
Texas Tech (126 yards)
Whether he reaches 1,000 yards this season or not, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say Hill might be the most prolific freshman running back in OSU history. Especially if he keeps making runs like this one:
The second effort made the difference for @CowboyFB's Justice Hill. #Big12FB on FS1 https://t.co/dkRfmXoI29— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 12, 2016
So I want to pose the question again: Will Justice Hill rush for 1,000 yards this season? Answer in the poll and as always leave any thoughts or musings in the comments section.