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Oklahoma State football: Tyreek Hill talks educational goals: "I’ll be the first one to graduate in my family"

by Kyle Fredrickson Published: September 2, 2014

STILLWATER — So much has been discussed and analyzed when it comes to Tyreek Hill; the football player.

Tuesday, we learned a bit more about Tyreek Hill; the student.

The Oklahoma State multipurpose back was interviewed in an athletic department release and was asked what he’d like to accomplish in college.

“My goal is to graduate," Hill said. “I’ll be the first one to graduate in my family.”

Hill, an education major, grew up in Pearson, Ga., about 60 miles north of the Florida line. He then spent two seasons at Garden City Community College in Kansas before suiting up for the Cowboys.

First-year Cowboys are off limits to the media, per team rules. But after Hill’s 278 all-purpose yards Saturday against Florida State, OSU coach Mike Gundy decided to let the world know Hill’s thoughts on a number of different subjects.

On why Hill chose to sign with Oklahoma State: “Fast-paced offense. Like, I’m a fast guy."

On the transition to playing for the Cowboys: “Being from a small town, you’re not used to seeing big environments."

On how rushing in the Big 12 is much different than junior college: “Here, you gotta go on through it, or the hole will like close fast.”

 On Hill’s strengths: “My speed, my physicality and my toughness to be this small.”

On the effect Hill's educational goals have on others: “I can be a role model … to younger ones.”

by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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