On Wednesday, LSU running back Jeremy Hill was one of twelve players added to the Maxwell Award watch list. The Maxwell Award is given every year to the best player in college football. With the addition of twelve athletes, the total amount of players on the list is up to 90. Zach Mettenberger was already on the list that started back in July. The award list will be reduced to the semifinalists on October 29.
Hill making the list is a huge accomplishment considering it was put up to a team vote whether or not he would even play this year. He was suspended in April after he was charged with assault for his involvement in a bar fight. After his assault charge was dropped, Les Miles allowed Hill to be reinstated via team vote.
Hill was forced to sit out the season opener against TCU, then received limited snaps against UAB. Starting in week three against Kent State, Hill has been absolutely lethal. He has scored in every game he has played in this year. He has an SEC leading nine touchdowns in only five games. Hill also has 593 rushing yards and is second in the SEC in rushing yards per game.
Hill is managing his success despite LSU using three other backs effectively. He does receive the bulk of the carries and has taken advantage of his opportunities with 7.5 yards a carry.
Hill is lucky to be playing football this year, and is working hard to seize his opportunity. He has performed well and LSU is fortunate to have him on their team.