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Sports Illustrated Picks Justice Hill As A Heisman Dark Horse

M. Hofeld

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We’re not even into the summer yet but the lists keep piling up anyway. That’s not at all a bad thing though. Without these lists how could we pass the time until September 1st. I mean, we’ve got to have something to talk about, right?

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Johnson is the latest to join in on off-season lists by releasing his Heisman dark horses. Among them is Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill.

During the first two seasons of his college career, Hill functioned as a complementary component in one of the nation’s top offenses next to program record-setting quarterback Mason Rudolph and Biletnikoff Award-winning wide receiver James Washington. Now that Rudolph and Washington have moved on to the NFL, head coach Mike Gundy could turn to Hill more often, particularly as Rudolph’s successor gets acclimated under center early on. Hill should take well to an increased carry load. As a sophomore in 2017, he racked up 1,467 yards and 15 touchdowns on 5.5 yards per carry and finished the year by gashing Virginia Tech’s stingy run defense for 120 yards and a score.Sports Illustrated’s Chris Johnson

It makes sense that Hill is on the list. With Mason Rudolph and James Washington gone to the NFL, he’s Oklahoma State’s returning star. Better yet, he’s going to be the focal point of the OSU offense, early on, while Mike Gundy breaks in a new quarterback.

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