If we were to take all of the running backs within the Mid-American Conference and determine which few are better than most others, Bronson Hill would be included in group of top tier backs.
At 5-foot-10 and 215 pounds, Hill can do it all for the Eagles. Run up the middle, bounce outside, catch passes on a screen, run a wheel route out down sidelines, fill up the Gatorade cooler, pull a rabbit out of his hat, do my dirty laundry, just anything and everything. When we did this countdown last year, we had Hill tabbed at number 38 on the list.
Last season, Hill was one of the more productive pieces to EMU's offense with 1,101 rushing yards off of 196 attempts (5.6 yards per carry) with five touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes for 175 yards and a score. Those 2013 totals bump his career numbers up to 2,389 all-purpose yards (2,006 rushing) with 11 rushing and two receiving touchdowns.
When compared to the rest of the MAC players, Hill's 5.6 yards per carry and 100.1 yards per game were both good for sixth best in the conference.
With Ryan Brumfield and Darius Jackson helping out with the team's run game, Hill didn't have to be the back that exclusively received almost all of the carries. Though he had the most rushing attempts, he only accounted for 44 percent of the carries that the team had last year.
In 11 games that Hill played in (sat out their contest at Toledo), he had six games where he had at least 100 rushing yards. His best performance game against Ohio, picking up 257 off of 23 carries (11.2 yards per carry) with one touchdown. The final game of the season at Central Michigan, Hill ended the season on a high note, rushing for 166 yards on 25 carries.
But it's no profile on Bronson Hill is ever complete without talking about that one game against Toledo. Not the one he didn't play participate in last season, but the one where he had a ridiculous 3rd quarter. So let's just re-live those moments, shall we?
(Sorry that some of the videos went buh-bye. Technology sucks. The important thing is that it actually happened.)
Eastern Michigan fans should expect Hill to have the best season of his career this year. Depending on how Hill is used in Creighton's new pass-favored offensive scheme, he could still be used as one of the all-purpose backs on the team, having the versatile ability to line up at slot, or could even be the guy that carries the ball on third down.
While fans hope that he hasn't already peaked, his Twitter game most assuredly has peaked.
I'm gonna miss playing with @bigO_79 He's the 1st guy I know to smoke a Black & Mild during a timeout #Real pic.twitter.com/inAliqW1DX— Bronson Hill (@BHillay) November 30, 2013