All-America candidate begins his third season as Michigan State's starting right cornerback . . . joins offensive guard Shaun Mason and linebacker Josh Thornhill as tri-captains for the 2000 campaign . . . rated among the nation's top 12 cornerbacks by The Sporting News (No. 8) and Lindy's (No. 12) . . . former Spartan wide receiver and first-round NFL Draft pick Plaxico Burress called Hill "the best cover corner in the Big Ten" . . . preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by The Sporting News, Street & Smith's and Lindy's . . .
AS A JUNIOR: Honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by the coaches and media in 1999 . . . shared MSU Outstanding Underclass Back Award with Burress and tailback T.J. Duckett . . . started all 12 games in '99 and played 329 minutes . . . recorded 57 tackles (44 solos, 13 assists) . . . ranked second on the team in pass break-ups with 13, including three each vs. Michigan and Illinois . . . had six tackles (4-2) vs. Florida in the 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl . . . produced a career-high 10 tackles each vs. Michigan (8-2) and Illinois (8-2) . . . twice named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week (vs. Notre Dame and Michigan) . . . had four solo stops and two pass break-ups vs. Notre Dame . . . also forced and recovered a fumble against the Irish, stripping the ball from Javin Hunter on a catch at the MSU 10 in the second quarter . . . credited with seven tackles (5-2) vs. Oregon and his interception at the Duck 41 with 1:07 left in the game clinched MSU's 27-20 victory in the season opener . . .
AS A SOPHOMORE: Named ABC Sports/Bowl Championship Series Online All-American (second team) as selected by the announcers and production crew . . . presented the Tommy Love Award as the team's most improved defensive player . . . started all 12 games in '98 and played 364 minutes . . . registered 54 tackles (36 solos, 18 assists), including five for losses (20 yards) . . . led the Spartans in interceptions with five, including two each vs. Illinois and Northwestern . . . also credited with 12 pass break-ups . . . produced six tackles each vs. Penn State (3-3), Illinois (3-3) and Central Michigan (6-0) . . . his goal-line interception with 1:12 left iced MSU's 28-24 upset victory over top-ranked Ohio State in Columbus . . . had a season-high eight tackles (6-2) vs. Ohio State and broke up two passes . . . recorded his only sack vs. Northwestern (6 yards) . . . set MSU single-game record with five pass break-ups vs. Minnesota . . . made seven stops (3-4) vs. Michigan . . . played a season-high 38 minutes vs. Indiana . . .
AS A FRESHMAN: Sat out the entire 1997 season for academic reasons . . .
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report All-Midwest Team . . . ranked as the nation's No. 6 defensive back by PrepStar . . . first-team all-state and all-city selection by both the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News in 1996 . . . named to the Michigan Dream Team and rated the state's No. 3 prospect by The Detroit News . . . a four-year starter for Coach Charles Spann at Chadsey High School in Detroit . . . had 85 tackles and four interceptions as a senior . . . also broke up 15 passes and recovered two fumbles in '96 . . . top performance came vs. Detroit King when he totaled 10 solo tackles, two interceptions and three pass break-ups . . . caught 30 passes for 423 yards (14.1 avg.) and seven touchdowns as a senior . . . picked off six passes as a junior in '95 . . . twice named to Chadsey's Academic Honor Roll . . . born Nov. 12, 1978 . . . brother Ray was a three-year starter at right cornerback for the Spartans (1995-97) . . . majoring in merchandising management.
Hill's Career Statistics
Hill's Career Highs
Tackles: 10, twice (last vs. Michigan, 1999)
Interceptions: 2, twice (last vs. Northwestern, 1998)
Hill's Game-By-Game Statistics