Oklahoma State football: Tyreek Hill carving out a role

By Cody Stavenhagen, For The Oklahoman Published: April 1, 2014
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photo - Tyreek Hill, right, is one of two Juco signees for the Cowboys. Submitted Photo.
Tyreek Hill, right, is one of two Juco signees for the Cowboys. Submitted Photo.

Coach Mike Gundy and everyone around the Oklahoma State football program knew junior-college transfer Tyreek Hill was fast.

He already proved that by setting school records in the 60- and 200-meter dashes, not that there were many doubters.

Now they’re seeing how quickly he can make a difference on the football field.

Hill will likely play at inside receiver and could get in on kick returns this fall, but at Tuesday’s open practice, Hill made noise out of the backfield.

Playing multiple positions could make it tough for Hill to balance his roles, but with his rare athleticism, that might not be a problem.

“The main thing you want to make sure of with Tyreek is that you hand the ball to him to the right and to the left,” offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said. “Sometimes that will be the balance.”

His physical tools are obvious, but Gundy said Hill’s reserved personality also bodes well for his success in the fall.

“I tried to razz him a little bit and get him to talk about himself a little bit and kind of come out of his shell, and he walks out here like he didn’t even compete in a track meet this year,” Gundy said. “If he continues to have that demeanor and stays humble, I would expect him to have success here.”

WALSH LEADING QUARTERBACKS

Freshman Mason Rudolph came in with hype surrounding him and Daxx Garman has generated buzz in spring drills, but J.W. Walsh still has the top spot on the quarterback depth chart.

“He’s the most experienced and he’s earned that, then we have the other two guys that are inexperienced that are out there competing,” Gundy said. “We put Daxx in some with the ones, and in practice, when we’re not in a setting like (a live scrimmage), we’ll let Mason work a little bit with the ones.”