UAB already had virtually zero shot (there’s always a shot, but you understand) at beating LSU this Saturday in Baton Rouge, and now the challenge just got that much more difficult for the Blazers. According to the Advocate (via NOLA.com), star running back Jeremy Hill will be suiting up in front of an always-rabid Death Valley crowd on Saturday.
Hill spent the entire summer on an indefinite suspension from the program after being arrested for punching a man outside of a bar after it had closed. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder was already on probation from an incident as a 17-year old, so jail time was not out of the realm of possibility.
However, he was eventually sentenced to continued probation and 40 hours of community service after pleading guilty to simple battery. Since he was arrested, he was held out of the Tigers’ season-opener against a very good TCU team, but the suspension will, reportedly, only last the one game.
Hill led all LSU running backs with 755 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns a year ago as a true freshman. Coach Les Miles’ decision to play Hill against UAB should give him the reps he needs to starting getting ready for the conference schedule.