In the least surprising announcement in a long time the SEC league office named LSU running back Jeremy Hill as the offensive player of the week after his career night in the Tiger’s win over Auburn 35-21 in their SEC opener.
Hill ran for a 49-yard touchdown on his first carry of the game after Auburn failed to convert on a 4th-and-1 and that set the tone for Hill who would finish with a career-high 183 yards on 25 carries. His first two carries went for scores with his second touch going for a 12-yard burst into the end zone to give LSU a 14-0 lead just more than five minutes into the game.
He finished with three touchdowns, but was one yard shy of having a fourth when his 54-yard run came up one yard shy of pay dirt in the second quarter. J.C. Copeland would punch it in for the score.
On a rain-soaked field at Tiger Stadium, Hill was outstanding putting the team on his shoulders and carrying them to victory. It was a bit of role reversal for Hill who had to rely on the support of his teammates to even be on this team after an offseason arrest.
However, that is all in the past as Hill is looking even better than the player who dominated in the final seven games last season when he led LSU in rushing after Alfred Blue’s injury.
Hill and LSU face a tough test this weekend in his bid for back-to-back player of the week honors when they travel to Athens to take on the No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs.