Jeremy Hill is one of the best running backs in the country. Many around college football are quick to tell you about the superstardom of Bama’s TJ Yeldon and Georgia’s Todd Gurley, but some say Jeremy Hill has the most upside of the three.
And it’s hard to argue against their reasoning.
Hill exploded onto the scene last season, rushing for a team-high 755 yards on 142 carries for 12 touchdowns, with a smashmouth, between-the-tackles game LSU missed for nearly half the season. And he did all this damage virtually in the last seven games, registering four 100-yard games.
But all that upside could be in jeopardy now.
Over the weekend, Hill was arrested for simple battery at a bar fight, and Les Miles suspended Hill indefinitely, saying he’ll wait until the legal side plays out before making any additional comments. Hill was already on active supervised probation for two years after pleading guilty in January 2012 after his arrest for engaging in a sexual act with a 14-year-old girl while in high school. A condition of the probation was to refrain from all criminal conduct.
However, new jarring details emerged that could justify a dismissal from LSU, certainly if proven guilty.
According to multiple reports, a cell phone video shows Hill punching the victim from behind on the left ear and celebrating with a high-five after a second unidentified man knocked the victim out with another punch. The video reportedly shows the victim being punched by the two suspects after getting up off the ground and walking away. The victim remembers waking up on the ground after police arrived on the scene.
Again, this is all according to the Baton Rouge Police report. I have no problem with innocent until proven guilty, and it looks like Miles and LSU will wait before making any decisions until the legal side becomes clearer and more details emerge.
I spoke to one source who thinks Les Miles will keep Hill on the team if the incident is ruled a misdemeanor, but he noted that Miles’ temperament is much different than in the past. Tyrann Mathieu and Jordan Jefferson may have used up all his good graces. If Hill does remain with the team, he’d certainly be in the doghouse.
Several compare Hill’s incident with Jordan Jefferson’s bar fight. But Jefferson’s victim walked away under his own power, while Hill’s alleged victim did not. Jefferson was also sent back to prison in his similar situation.
Who knows what will happen with the simple battery charge, but if his probation was not violated, it would come at a surprise.
Many LSU fans could justify letting Hill go right now, and if he is found guilty, a third chance may be too much for LSU and Miles to take.
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