Once again, LSU’s roster is being depleted by a player who has decided to cannonball into the NFL draft pool.
In tweets posted to his Twitter account Monday morning, running back Jeremy Hill announced that he has “decided to forego my Junior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.” Hill expressed his appreciation to the Tiger football community for its support.
“I am a Tiger for life,” the junior wrote. “I will forever be grateful to my LSU fans, friends, coaches and family. This decision has been very difficult for me.”
Hill led the Tigers in rushing this past season with 1,401 yards, while his 16 touchdowns on the ground were also tops on the team. A second straight season of serving as the team’s leading rusher almost didn’t come to fruition, however.
In late April, Hill was arrested and (ultimately) charged with simple battery following a bar altercation. A video of the incident subsequently surfaced, which showed Hill punching the victim and celebrating. The attorney for Hill, who was suspended following the arrest but was reinstated prior to the opener, claimed that the physical altercation was preceded by the victim heckling his client over the player’s past.
That past came in 2011 as Hill was arrested on charges of oral sexual battery and later pleaded guilty to carnal knowledge of a juvenile, a misdemeanor.
Prior to Hill’s announcement, a pair of Tiger teammates, Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, were reportedly heading to the NFL early as well.