Rookie from LSU started his NFL career in 2014 as a huge contributor to the Bengals’ playoff season ... Led the team in rushing yards (1124), scrimmage yards (1339) and TDs (nine) ... Had four rushing games of 140-plus yards, the first Bengal to do that in a season, and became only the third NFL rookie to get four, joining Eric Dickerson of the L.A. Rams (five in 1983) and Curtis Martin of the New England Patriots (four in 1995) ... Named to the Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie team ... Ranked fourth in the AFC and eighth in the NFL in rushing yards, despite seeing limited action early in the season ... Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week following his performance on Dec. 14 at Cleveland ... Has a pair of 150-yard rushing games, joining Paul Robinson (1968) as the only Bengals to record two as rookies ... First Bengals rookie with at least 1000 rushing yards in a season since Corey Dillon in 1997, and finished five yards shy of Dillon’s franchise rookie record of 1129 ... Had a key 85-yard TD run in the Bengals’ playoff-clinching Monday night win on Dec. 22 vs. Denver, and also had a game-changing TD in Nov. 2 victory vs. Jacksonville ... Posted two stellar seasons at LSU, setting school record for yards-per-rush (6.25), and was eligible to enter the 2014 NFL Draft because he was three years removed from high school ... Has the potential to give the Bengals their best combination of power and breakaway ability in a rusher since all-time franchise rushing leader Dillon (1997-2003) ... At 235 pounds, Hill is the biggest running back the Bengals have drafted above the sixth round since they chose 248-pounder Pete Johnson in the second round of the 1977 draft.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in second round of 2014 NFL Draft (55th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-27-14.
Over nine weeks, best of best: Over the last nine weeks (Weeks 9-17) of the 2014 season, Hill was the NFL’s leading rusher. Hill posted 929 of his 1124 season total during that span, and his 929 was best by over 100 yards. Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch was second at 824. The remainder of the top five included Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy (814), Dallas’ DeMarco Murray (791) and Denver’s C.J. Anderson (785). The Bengals played nine games over the final nine weeks, and some teams played only eight in that span, due to bye weeks. But of the five players mentioned above, only Murray of Dallas had only eight team games to work with during the span. And in rushing average per team game, Hill again comes out on top for Weeks 9-17, with an average of 103.2. Murray ranked second in average per team game at 98.8. Lynch was at 91.6, McCoy at 90.4 and Anderson at 87.2.
More 2014 highlights: Played in Games 1-16, with eight starts (Games 5, 8-10, 11 and 14-16) ... Also started in Wild Card playoff ... In addition to his team-leading 1124 rushing yards, caught 27-for-215 ... Started on Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville, and named NFL’s Fed-Ex Ground Player of the Week after rushing 24-for-154 (6.4) with two TDs and also one catch for nine yards ... Second TD vs. Jacksonville came 60-yard rush in fourth quarter, one play after Jaguars had cut Bengals lead to three ... Rushed 27-for-152 and had one catch for 13 yards on Nov. 16 at New Orleans ... His New Orleans rushing total included 62-yarder as time was expiring in first half, leading to Bengals FG ... Rushed 18-for-87 (4.8) with a TD and had one catch for nine yards on Nov. 23 at Houston ... Had a 30-yard rush late in Houston game, leading to Bengals FG for a nine-point lead ... Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week following performance on Dec. 14 at Cleveland, when he rushed 25-for-148 (5.9) with two TDs ... TDs at Cleveland came from two yards out on the opening drive of the game, and on a 16-yard rush in the second quarter, and he rushed for all 36 yards on the second-quarter TD drive ... Rushed 22-for-147 (6.7) on Dec. 22 vs. Denver, and his 85-yard TD run in first quarter helped Bengals recover early from a 7-0 deficit due to a Denver pick-six ... Rushed 23-for-100 on Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh, logging fifth 100-yard rushing game on the season ... Scored Cincinnati’s only TD in Wild Card playoff loss at Indianapolis, on a one-yard run, but held to 13-for-47 rushing on the day.
College: Played two seasons at LSU (2012-13), appearing in 23 games with 16 starts ... Rushed 345-for-2156 (6.3) and had 26 receptions for 254 yards (9.8) ... Rushed for 100 or more yards in 11 of his 23 games ... His 6.3 per-rush average ranks third in Southeastern Conference history, behind on Auburn’s Bo Jackson (6.62) and Alabama’s Bobby Marlow (6.27) ... Helped team to a 20-6 record ... Had six rushes of 50 or more yards in ’13 ... Second in LSU history in rushing yards per game played (93.7), and though he started just 16 games, his 28 rushing TDs ranked seventh in school history ... Had only one fumble in 371 career touches, and Tigers recovered it ... His 6.90 per-rush average in ’13 established an SEC season record (minimum 200 carries), topping 6.79 by former Bengal Garrison Hearst of Georgia in 1992.
Personal: Hometown is Baton Rouge, La. ... Offseason residence is Scottsdale, Ariz. ... Played at Redemptorist High School, where as a senior in 2010, he rushed 302-for-2260 (7.48) with 36 TDs and was named a Parade All-American ... Earned Class 3A All-State honors in both 2009 and ’10 ... Sports administration major at LSU ... Is working to establish his own foundation, which will focus on eradicating homelessness and assisting children with special needs, including providing Bengals game experiences to terminally ill children ... Favorite hobby is walking and running his two dogs (Shaq, a pit bull, and Kobe, a Rottweiler).