Hill lifts LSU to bowl win in possible final game
- Updated: January 2, 2014
The LSU Tigers topped the Iowa Hawkeyes 21-14 at the Outback Bowl in a game highlighted by very few flashy or spectacular plays. Instead this was a bowl game dominated by a physical, “roll up your sleeves” style of play. Many fans and observers understandably viewed the bowl game as serving one final opportunity for LSU RB Jeremy Hill to showcase his abilities before bolting for the next level. The draft-eligible redshirt sophomore hauled in the majority of the carries for LSU, and Tigers coach Les Miles could not have been more satisfied with the results of the ground-oriented plan of attack. Hill very evidently wore out the Hawkeyes throughout the course of the affair, gradually frustrating and demoralizing Iowa defenders with his ever unforgiving and bruising downhill running style. And he demonstrated all of the apparent attributes which promise together to constitute him as one of the truly hot commodities for NFL teams seeking a legitimate franchise and game-changing running back. His unique combination of speed, strength, quickness, and elusiveness is so unique and will undoubtedly be highly valued by teams at the next level.
For fans and observers of the Outback Bowl, the game undeniably felt like one final platform for Jeremy Hill to audition for professional teams pondering a selection of him as well as to ascend his standing as a prospect in the draft. Perhaps one of his primary attributes which he exhibited in the bowl game was immense durability, a quality which promises to serve him well as a professional player. He showed his ability to withstand multiple hits throughout the course of a four quarter game, a capability to grow stronger in the later stages of a game. And his tremendous performance was of paramount importance in helping to lift the Tigers over the Hawkeyes, considering that LSU’s passing game was rendered largely ineffective. The scuffling and largely inept production from the passing game was mainly attributable to very evident jitters experienced by true freshman QB Anthony Jennings, who appeared to grow increasingly rattled after throwing a costly interception in the second half.
Wednesday’s Outback Bowl 21-14 triumph over Iowa to cap off a ten-win season may have felt bittersweet for LSU fans reflecting on it in its aftermath. While Tiger fans were undoubtedly thrilled and relieved to have notched the tenth victory, it appeared to serve as a final launching pad for Jeremy Hill. Arguably the Tigers’ most valuable weapon offensively for the past two seasons, Hill is poised to depart Baton Rouge and take his highly desired talents to the next level.
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