Wyoming running back Brian Hill will enter his name into the NFL Draft, according to a report from The Sporting News.
Hill gave no indication following Wyoming’s Poinsettia Bowl loss on Thursday night that he would enter the draft, but a local radio outlet had already reported Hill intended to leaving school after the game.
If Hill indeed does leave, he’ll join a strong list of early-entrant running backs, including Christian McCaffrey, Leonard Fournette and D’Onta Foreman. That list will certainly grow as other highly-touted running backs — read: Dalvin Cook — finish up their bowl responsibilities.
That’s not to say Hill is a lightweight, however.
He stands today as the nation’s third-leading rusher, carrying 349 times for 1,860 yards with 22 touchdowns while also catching eight passes for 67 yards. He rushed 26 times for 93 yards after sitting out the first quarter of Wyoming’s 24-21 loss to BYU. By far the best running back in program history, this season Hill set both the single-season and career (4,287) rushing records. In fact, no Cowboy before him had ever so much as crossed the 3,000-yard barrier.
Hill was a First Team All-Mountain West selection in 2016. He is projected as a mid-round draft pick.