It’s official — Kylin Hill has played his final game for Mississippi State.

Following reports that Hill was opting out of the 2020 season, the senior running back confirmed his status on Tuesday, sharing on Instagram his plans to do so while declaring for the 2021 NFL draft.

“This has been an incredibly difficult decision, but one that I feel is best for me at this time,” Hill wrote in his statement.

Hill followed up on Twitter, sharing that his mother and his brother (who recently had brain surgery) have had COVID-19. He thanked Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach for “for giving me time to myself and understanding my situation & how stressed out I was about it which he never rushed me.”

Hill played during all four of his seasons at Mississippi State, with his best showing coming as a junior in 2019. He earned first-team All-SEC honors last season by rushing for 1,350 yards and 10 touchdowns.

This season, Hill had rushed for 58 yards and had 23 receptions for 237 yards and a touchdowns in three games. He played in the Bulldogs’ first three games, but he wasn’t on the field for their past two losses to Texas A&M and Alabama.

It will continue to be a big loss for Mississippi State’s offense, while Hill will now begin to prepare for the next stage of his football career.


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