Nick Hill

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Nick Hill
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-04-05) April 5, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth: DuQuoin, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College: Southern Illinois
Undrafted in 2008
Debuted in 2009 for the Rio Grande Valley Dorados
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Free Agent
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team Gateway All-Academic (2006)
  • CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V (2006)
  • First-team All-Gateway (2007)
  • Gateway All-Academic honorable mention (2007)
  • Sports Network All-America honorable mention (2007)
  • 2x Gateway Offensive Player of the Week (2007)
  • College Sporting News Offensive Player of the Week (2007)
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Nick Hill (born April 5, 1985 in DuQuoin, Illinois) is a former American Football quarterback who is currently the QB coach for his alma mater Southern Illinois Salukis. In 2011 Hill played for the Orlando Predators in the AFL. He has also played in af2 for the Rio Grande Valley Dorados. He was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Southern Illinois.

High school career[edit]

Hill attended DuQuoin High School where he was a three-year starter in football. He played basketball as well. As a junior, he was a First-team All-State selection in basketball, averaging 26.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists. As a senior, he was a First-team All-State selection again after averaging 22.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.0 steals. In football, he was a First-team All-State and First-team All-Conference selection after passing for 1,451 yards, 19 touchdowns and one interception, and also rushing for 543 yards, and 11 touchdowns. He became the school's first 4,000-career yard passer in 35 years, the first since former major league pitcher Don Stanhouse in 1968.

College career[edit]

Hill originally attended Western Kentucky University where he played on the basketball team and averaged 1.7 points-per-game in 23 games. He then transferred to Southern Illinois University where he was three-year letterman and two-year starter.

Hill redshirted during his first season at Southern Illinois after transferring from Western Kentucky. As a redshirt sophomore, he played in four games, completing 16-of-20 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed the ball nine times for 102 yards and one touchdown. As a junior, he started all 13 games, and ranked second in the conference and seventh in the nation in passing efficiency (156.7). He completed 121-of-196 passes (61.7%) for 1,721 yards, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. He was the team’s third-leading rusher with 91 carries for 382 yards and six touchdowns. He was a First-team Gateway Conference All-Academic and CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V. As a senior, he led the conference in passing yards-per-game with 226.8, total offense with 252.3 and ranked second in passing efficiency (167.1), which was also third in the nation. He set school single season records in passing; yards (3,175), touchdowns (28), completions (258) and attempts (361). He was named a First-team All-Conference, Gateway All-Academic and Sports Network All-America honorable mention. He was honored as Gateway Offensive Player of the Week, twice, and College Sporting News Offensive Player of the Week, once. He finished sixth in the voting for the Walter Payton Award, given to the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision. He also set a school single-game record with 436 passing yards at Northern Iowa, and passed for 200 yards or more in nine games. He ranked second on the team with 121 carries for 357 yards and four touchdowns. For his career, Hill completed 394-of-577 passes (68.3%) for 5,184 yards, 46 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, while rushing 221 times for 841 yards (3.8 avg) and 11 touchdowns. He led Southern Illinois to a 21-6 record as a starter. He also played in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Bowl. While in college, he majored in Special Education.

Professional career[edit]

af2[edit]

After not playing in the National Football League in 2008, Hill joined af2, a professional arena football league. On January 15, 2009 he was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Dorados.[1][2]

Arena Football League[edit]

Hill caught on with the Orlando Predators for the 2010 AFL season. He would become the starter midway through the season, and be the starter for the entire 2011 season. He will join the Tampa Bay Storm in 2012.[3]

National Football League[edit]

Hill went unselected in the 2008 NFL Draft, however on April 27, 2008, Hill signed a three-year contract as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears.[4] During Training Camp, Hill competed with Caleb Hanie for the Bears' third quarterback spot on the depth chart behind Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman. The Bears chose Hanie and Hill was then waived by the team on July 29.

On January 20, 2012, it was announced that Hill would be joining the Green Bay Packers and will wear jersey #17.[5]

On May 23, 2012, it was announced that Hill was released from the Green Bay Packers.[6]

Return to the AFL[edit]

In April 2013, Hill signed with the San Antonio Talons to replace the injured John Dutton.[7]

Coaching Career[edit]

Hill was the head coach for the Carbondale Terriers (Carbondale, IL) for one season in 2013. On January 13, 2014 Hill was announced as the QB coach for the Southern Illinois Salukis.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dorados Assigned Eight Players". DoradosFootball.com. Rio Grande Valley Dorados. January 15, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Transactions Bulletin #64". af2.com. af2. January 16, 2009. Retrieved January 22, 2009. 
  3. ^ Nick Hill to Bring Calm to the Storm
  4. ^ Brad Biggs (2008-04-27). "Bears an ideal fit for Nick Hill". Suntimes.com. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
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  7. ^ "Talons to replace Dutton with Hill". www.mysanantonio.com. Hearst Communications Inc. April 9, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 

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