Last week, a member of the LSU athletic department said that running back Jeremy Hill would return to LSU for another season in order to pay back Les Miles for having faith in him. After Hill’s second serious run-in with the law last offseason, Miles forgave his star running back and allowed his players to vote their suspended teammate back onto the Tiger squad. So the idea of Hill repaying that kindness by returning to school was downright heartwarming. Sniffle, sniffle.
Alas, it was also poppycock. Or balderdash. Nah, we’ll stick with poppycock.
Hill announced today on Twitter that he’ll be turning pro a year early:
Despite missing two games, Hill — a third-year sophomore — finished second in the SEC in rushing in 2013 with 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns. He’s expected by most to be a second- or third-round selection.
Terrence Magee will now be the Tigers’ leading returning rusher in 2014. He rushed for 626 yards and eight touchdowns this past season.
As for Hill, he’ll be “a Tiger for life.” Just not for the next two years.