Jeremy Hill (born October 20, 1992) is an American football running back for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Bengals in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisiana State University (LSU).
High school career
A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Hill attended Redemptorist High School, where he was a three-sport athlete in football, baseball, and track. In football, Hill was an All-American running back. He was a teammate of future LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins. He finished his senior season in 2010 with 302 carries for 2,260 yards and 36 touchdowns.
Regarded as a four-star recruit (out of five) by Rivals.com, Hill was listed the No. 21 running back prospect in his class.
Hill attended Louisiana State University from 2011 to 2013. As a sophomore in 2013, Hill was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection. He was also named the most valuable player (MVP) of the 2014 Outback Bowl after rushing for a career-high 216 yards and two touchdowns vs. Iowa.
- Career Statistics
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 1 in||233 lb||4.66 s||1.61 s||2.70 s||4.59 s||7.64 s||31 in||9 ft 5 in||20 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine.|
Hill was drafted by the Bengals and made the roster as their No. 2 running back, behind Giovani Bernard. He made his first career start in week 9 and rushed for a season-high 154 yards and two touchdowns in the Bengals' win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. In a week 16 upset win over the Denver Broncos, Hill rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown, including a career-long 85-yard run in the first quarter. It was his 4th game of the season with over 140 rushing yards (a franchise rookie record), and gave him over 1,000 rushing yards for the season. It also set a record by making Hill and Bernard the first teammates ever to each have a run of at least 85 yards in the same season (Bernard had an 89-yard run against the Carolina Panthers on October 12, 2014). Hill scored the Bengals' lone touchdown in a 26–10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the playoffs.
Hill finished his rookie campaign with 1,124 rushing yards and 9 rushing touchdowns. He became the first Bengals' rookie to top 1,000 yards rushing since Corey Dillon in 1997. Hill's 1,124 rushing yards was the most among rookies and 8th most overall in the NFL. His 5.1 yards per carry average ranked him second among NFL running backs, behind Justin Forsett. He also recorded 27 receptions and 215 receiving yards on the season. Hill was also named the starter for the 2015–2016 season, ahead of Giovani Bernard.
In the season-opener against the Raiders, Hill ran for 63 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Bengals' 33–13 win, their first win at Oakland since 1974. In the next game, Hill fumbled twice in the Bengals' 24–19 win over the Chargers and was benched. His replacement, Giovani Bernard, rushed for 123 yards in Hill's absence, the most by a Bengal the entire season.
Three weeks later, Hill ran for a career-high three rushing scores in the Bengals' 36–21 victory over Kansas City. Hill ran for a season-high 98 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' 37–3 victory over the Browns. He finished with six touchdowns in as many games to conclude the Bengals' 12–4 regular-season campaign.
In the Bengals' playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Hill ran for 50 yards and Cincinnati's first touchdown of the game that made it a 15–7 score in the fourth quarter. After the Bengals took a 16–15 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the game and got the ball back on a Vontaze Burfict interception, Hill fumbled the ball on the first play of Cincinnati's ensuing drive and the Steelers recovered. Pittsburgh went down the field and kicked the go-ahead field goal to win the game 18–16.
Hill finished the 2015 season with 794 yards on 223 rushes for an average of 3.6 yards per carry. He finished the season tied with Devonta Freeman of the Falcons for most rushing touchdowns in the NFL
In January 2012, Hill pleaded guilty to carnal knowledge of a juvenile stemming from a January 2011 arrest and charge of oral sexual battery. In April 2013, Hill was arrested and charged with assault after being involved in a bar fight and was filmed assaulting an unidentified 20-year-old. In September 2013, he pleaded guilty to simple battery.