Position: Running Back
About John: Born 6/29/90...John is the son of Carl and Jeanne Hill. He has one brother, Adam, and two sisters, Emily Hill-Engstler and Stef Pirkl.
High School Highlights: While playing for the Lynx, John was led by Coach Howard. He held the honors of First Team All-District in 2008, All-Academic Team (2007 & 2008), and Third Team All- State in 2008. Hill was also a state qualifier in track his junior and senior seasons. In addition, he lettered in basketball and baseball. Outside of athletics, John was fourth in his class in academics and on honor roll all four years.
College Highlights: As a freshman in 2009, John appeared in all 10 games for the Beavers, including two starts. He had 82 rushes on the season, good for 224 yards and two touchdowns. His break out game came against Simpson College on September 26, 2009 as he carried the ball 18 times for 89 yards and scored his first career touchdown. As a sophomore, he appeared in 10 games including seven starts. He led the team in rushing with 411 yards on 123 carries and three touchdowns. He rushed for a career-high 101 yards on 20 carries, as well as one touchdown, against Peru State. He later scored a pair of touchdowns against Loras College. John was also named to the IIAC All-Academic team. He then started eight games as a junior in 2011, finishing as the team’s leader in rushing yet again. He had three 100-yard rushing games, including a career-best 120 yards and one touchdown at Wartburg College. A week later, he also scored a touchdown and ran for 109 more yards versus Cornell College. Following the season, he again was named an IIAC Academic All-Conference selection.
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