Stephen Hill (American football)

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Stephen Hill
Stephen Hill (American football) 2009.jpg
Hill (#5) as a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket, 2009
No. 84     New York Jets
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-04-25) April 25, 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth: Tucker, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Lithonia (GA) Miller Grove
College: Georgia Tech
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43
Debuted in 2012 for the New York Jets
Career history
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2013
Receptions 44
Receiving yards 592
Receiving TDs 4
Stats at NFL.com

Stephen Trevon Hill (born April 25, 1991) is an American football wide receiver for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Jets in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football at Georgia Tech.

High school career[edit]

Hill attended Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Georgia, where he was rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com.[1] He was ranked as the No. 99 wide receiver in the class of 2009.[2]

Track and field[edit]

Hill was also a standout track athlete. He broke the state long jump record with a leap of 7.84 meters as a high school senior[3]The previous record of 7.80 meters was held by Christian Taylor, who won the NCAA Indoor NCAA championship in the long jump in 2008. Hill's long jump would have won the 2009 ACC Outdoor Championship by 6.98 centimeters and he would have placed tied for ninth at the most recent Olympic Games.

College career[edit]

Hill attended Georgia Tech from 2009 to 2011. He finished his career with 49 receptions for 1,248 yards and nine touchdowns.

On January 5, 2012, Hill announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL Draft.[4]

Professional career[edit]

2012 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 in 215 lb 34⅜ in 9⅜ in 4.28 s 1.49 s 2.50 s 4.48 s 6.88 s 39½ in 11 ft 1 in 14 reps
All values taken from NFL Combine.[5][6][7]

At Georgia Tech's Pro Day on March 6, 2012, Hill impressed NFL scouts with his pass catching ability and route running ability, something they had previously questioned.[8] He was considered one of the best wide receiver prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft.[5]

New York Jets[edit]

Hill was drafted in the second round by the New York Jets, who traded their 5th and 7th round selections to the Seattle Seahawks to move up four spots to the 43rd overall and select Hill.[9] Hill came to an agreement with the team on a four-year $5 million contract with approximately $2.8 million in guarantees on May 3, 2012.[10] Hill was named the starting receiver, alongside Santonio Holmes, on September 6, 2012.[11] Hill made his professional debut on September 9, 2012, against division rival Buffalo Bills. Hill recorded five receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Mark Sanchez despite battling a stomach illness.[12] Hill was placed on injured reserve on December 19, 2012 after suffering a sprained LCL in his knee. He finished the year with 252 yards and three touchdowns.[13]

In the 2013 season, his second in the league, Hill played in twelve games with the Jets, catching passes from rookie quarterback Geno Smith. In those twelve games Hill recorded 24 catches for 342 yards and just one touchdown—the touchdown came in a Week 3 win over the Buffalo Bills where Hill racked up a career-high 108 receiving yards. After missing the Jets' Week 14 game against the Oakland Raiders with a knee injury, the Jets placed Hill on the injured reserve on December 13, 2013, ending his season.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Stephen-Hill-79280
  2. ^ http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/rankings/rank-2119
  3. ^ http://ga.milesplit.com/pages/All_Time_Records
  4. ^ Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill entering NFL draft
  5. ^ a b "Stephen Hill". NFL Draft Scout. Archived from the original on 29 April 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Stephen Hill". National Football League. Archived from the original on 29 April 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Stephen Hill". WalterFootball.com. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Speedy Hill continues ascent at Georgia Tech's pro day". CBS Sports. 6 March 2012. Archived from the original on 29 April 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Lange, Randy (27 April 2012). "Jets Climb Up in Round 2 for WR Stephen Hill". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 29 April 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  10. ^ Vrentas, Jenny (3 May 2012). "Jets agree to four-year, $5 million deal with Stephen Hill". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 3 May 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  11. ^ Vorkunov, Mike (6 September 2012). "Stephen Hill will start, Antonio Cromartie may play wide receiver against Buffalo Bills". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  12. ^ Cimini, Rich (10 September 2012). "Hill loses lunch, wins praise". ESPN New York. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Cimini, Rich (19 December 2012). "Jets' Stephen Hill placed on IR". ESPN New York. Archived from the original on 21 December 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  14. ^ Twitter / nyjets: We have placed WR Stephen Hill (knee) on Injured Reserve.

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