ESPN’s Mitch Sherman named the Big 12 players he thinks will most likely rush for 1,000 yards or more next season. At top if his list was Oklahoma State sophomore back Justice Hill.
A no-brainer. Hill serves as the primary ball carrier for the most complete offense in the Big 12. He shared time with Chris Carson and others last year as a true freshman, rushing for 1,142 yards, but now the primary job to move the chains and keep the defense honest against quarterback Mason Rudolph belongs to Hill. He picked up steam as the season progressed a year ago, topping 100 yards five times in Big 12 play. Look for Hill to pick up in September where he left off.
Trailing Hill on the list were TCU’s Kyle Hicks, WVU’s Justin Crawford, and Baylor Terence Williams.
Hill should have no trouble reaching 1,000 yards this coming season. After having to share carries with Chris Carson and company last year, Hill still managed to rush for 1,142 yards.
This year though, Carson is gone to the Seattle Seahawks, and Hill is locked in as the starter. Other than Jeff Carr, the rest of the running backs corp are unknowns. Hill will get the majority of the carries.
Throw in the fact that Hill should be playing behind an experienced offensive line, if you keep feeding him the ball, he’ll get OSU plenty of yards.
Hill did have surgery in the offseason and we didn’t get to see him in the spring game, but I have no doubt that he’ll be just as good if not better than last year. And this time he’ll be back with some of the freshman mistakes he made last year fixed.