The sophomore running back class in the SEC is as good as it gets. It’s a group that includes Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon, Georgia’s Todd Gurley and South Carolina’s Mike Davis among others, but it was LSU sophomore Jeremy Hill who outshined them all in a 35-21 win against Auburn on Saturday night.
Hill sat out the season opener against TCU and the first quarter of LSU's second game after he was arrested in a bar scuffle last spring. But his teammates voted him back on the team before the season, and he’s taken full advantage of it since his return to the field.
Against Auburn, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound back rushed for a career-high 184 yards and two touchdowns. He did most of his damage in the first half with 152 yards and all three scores coming before the intermission.
On his first carry, Hill broke through the line and took it 49 yards to the house. He followed that up with a 10-yard touchdown run on his very next touch. Before Auburn knew what hit them, the LSU star had 59 yards and two scores on just two carries. Both teams battled heavy rain and nasty weather conditions, but Hill set the tone early for the home-standing Tigers.
“He looked pretty good to me,” LSU coach Les Miles said after the game. “He ran hard, and it’s nice to have him back.”
Quarterback Zach Mettenberger has stolen most of the attention with his turnaround -- and he likely will again this week with his return to Georgia -- but Hill has already rushed for 350 yards and six touchdowns since returning to the team. He’s averaging 8.3 yards per carry, tied for 10th best in college football.
The sophomore could really make a name for himself this weekend when LSU travels to Georgia in the SEC’s marquee game of the week. Davis rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown against the Bulldogs in week two.