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Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; LSU Tigers running back Jeremy Hill (33) is tackled by Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back B.J. Lowery (19) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Hill leaning toward returning to LSU, bypassing 2014 NFL Draft

LSU running back Jeremy Hill is reportedly leaning toward returning for his junior season, according to the Advocate’s Ross Dellenger.

“Hill has not officially decided to return, but all signs point to the 6-foot-2, 235-pounder remaining in school, said the source, who was familiar with the decision but was not authorized to speak on Hill’s behalf.”

Hill has until Jan. 15 to enter the draft, so he could have a change of heart but it looks like LSU will get the SEC’s second leading rusher back for his third season where he will team up with No. 1 overall recruit Leonard Fournette to give LSU one of the top runing back duos in the nation.

Hill was the Outback Bowl MVP in LSU’s win over Iowa after he ran for 216 yards and two touchdowns. With an inexperienced starter at quarterback and Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham gone, Hill is expected to be the focal point of the offense along with Fournette.

Another year in Baton Rouge can boost Hill’s stock from a third-fourth round pick to a potential first or second round pick, especially if he keeps his nose clean off-the-field where his legal history has been a big red flag for NFL teams.

I thought it would be a foregone conclusion after his Outback performance that Hill would bolt for the NFL , so I’m really impressed by his decision to return because he may feel he “owes” it to Les Miles and his teammates to come back after they have supported him for so long.

The thought of the 235-pound Hill and the 230-pound Fournette rotating in and out of the LSU backfield is an absolutely scary thought for opposing defenses.

Now LSU fans are hoping to keep La’el Collins for his third season at LSU to block for those two guys.

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