December 10, 2012

An up-Hill climb

Brandon Hill eased into his career at Mississippi State as a redshirt freshman last season.

Hill saw action primarily on special teams and caught one pass in 2011. But injuries at the tight end position forced Hill into an expanded role for the Bulldogs this fall.

With Malcolm Johnson missing the first five games of the year, Hill assumed the backup role to senior starter Marcus Green and hauled in five passes for 46 yards.

"The coaches trust me a lot more this year," Hill said. "I just try to get in and make plays whenever I can. I can read defenses a lot better and identify what the opponent is doing so the coaches have a lot more confidence putting me out there."

The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder missed the Troy game with an ankle injury but appeared in 11 contests. Getting his feet wet in all 13 games last year helped Hill take a more focused approach to football this fall.

"Last year I got to understand how fast the game is and how serious it is," Hill said. "It was important because I got to see it firsthand instead of somebody telling me it is."

One thing Hill had to be on alert for on the field was the football at all times. With Tyler Russell taking over as the Bulldogs full time starter at quarterback, Hill and the rest of State's receivers had to be aware due to Russell's ability to spread the football around.

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