All indications are that Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill has indeed left the team and intends to enter the upcoming NFL Draft.
It has been a whirlwind season for Hill, who tallied 192 total yards and a touchdown in the Bulldogs season-opener win over LSU, before touching the ball just once during the following game in a loss to Arkansas. He reportedly had an outburst in the locker room after the game against Kentucky on October 10th, according to Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated. It was the first time in history that a Mike Leach coached team failed to score an offensive touchdown. Hill did not play last game after Leach deemed him “unavailable.”
“I haven’t talked to Kylin,” Leach said during his SEC teleconference this week. “What I’ve heard is that he’s opting out and preparing for the NFL.”
Hill is one of eight players to have left the Mississippi State football program since the start of the season, so there appears to be some sort of schism in the program under the new head coach behind closed doors. Still, if these reports check out to be accurate, Hill is going to have a lot of explaining to do to NFL scouts, as to why he left the team without communicating his intentions to the school.
A downhill runner who demonstrates exceptional vision and patience, Hill rushed for 1,350 yards a year ago, nearly doubling the total of his sophomore campaign (734). He finished with 22 touchdowns in 41 career games and also had 67 catches out of the backfield for 631 receiving yards. Pegged as a mid-round selection coming into the season, Hill could now be selected as high as Day Two but could fall down to Day Three or even undrafted, depending on how teams feel about his character.
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