Austin Hill of Arizona is ready to remind everyone why he was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist in 2012. The talented wide receiver from Corona, California is going to pick up where he left off this fall. In his 2012 breakout season, Hill had 81 catches for 1,364 yards with 11 touchdowns.
Hill tore his ACL during spring practices in 2013 and missed the entire season last year. His route running skills were missed as the team from Tucson went 8-5 this past fall.
Matt Scott was the one throwing Hill passes in 2012. The 2014 fall camp quarterback competition in Tucson has not been settled but the wide receiver position is one of the deepest in the conference.
Along with the return of Hill, the Wildcats also get to utilize the blazing fast DaVonte Neal. Neal transferred from Notre Dame because his girlfriend became pregnant with his child. Neal played his high school football at Scottsdale, Arizona powerhouse Chaparral where he won two state titles. He sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. Look for the Wildcats to get him the ball anyway they can. The kid can make more plays than a Madden gaming programmer.
The Wildcats will be breaking in a brand new quarterback this fall, and whoever is taking snaps, will need a sure handed receiver to be able to throw to when in trouble. When the pocket breaks down or the quarterback has run out of his space on his rollout, his best friend is a reliable receiver. A security blanket that the QB can throw it up to in one on one coverage is a huge stress reliever for an offense.
Others in the media world also expect big things from Hill this fall as he has received a lot of preseason attention. He is on the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award, the Biletnikoff Award and the Walter Camp Award. While I don’t think he will win any of these three awards, Hill will have another huge season playing alongside Neal for the Wildcats.
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