Jeremy Hill ran for 107 yards on a career-high 29 carries vs. Alabama last season, but he said he’s “haunted” by the yeards he left out on the field in the 21-17 loss. His three-yard loss with LSU clinging to a 17-14 lead late in the fourth quarter prevented LSU from killing the clock and putting away Alabama in Death Valley.
“”It haunts me all the time. Hill said. “If I had just gotten maybe 4 or 5 [yards], it might have changed the complexion of the game,” said Hill, who rushed for 107 yards in the game. “I was trying to do way too much. [Source: AP via ESPN.com]
Hill will have an opportunity to redeem himself and rid himself of the haunting memories of what could have been in what could be his final game for LSU vs. Alabama. The 6-2, 235-pound Hill is three years removed from high school and therefore draft-eligible and could be one of the first running backs taken in the 2014 NFL draft.
Before he entertains any idea of leaving LSU for the draft, he faces the No. 8 rushing defense in Alabama who has given up an average of 101.9 yards on the ground per game and it’s even better at home as the Crimson Tide defense only allows 80.8 yards rushing in Bryant Denny Stadium.
Running backs vs. Alabama are averaging a pedestrian 3.4 yards-per-carry this season which is more than half of the 7.2 Hill is averaging this season on 128 carries. Hill is second in the SEC with 922 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns and is looking forward to the challenge the Tide present.
“I never get intimidated by anyone. I never let anyone put fear in me. I play with the same intensity level and the same passion every game,” Hill said. “It’s going to be exciting. I’m looking forward to it.”
Millions watching on their televisions and the 100,000-plus in attendance Saturday are looking forward to it as well.