STILLWATER — So much has been said and written about Tyreek Hill throughout Oklahoma State’s fall camp.
None of those words, though, have come directly from Hill. The JUCO-transfer with track-star speed isn’t given media access per team rules.
So it was noteworthy Tuesday night when ESPNU aired its behind-the-scenes special on the Cowboy football team, as Hill was one of the first players to talk into the camera.
It was 6 a.m. Hill sat in on a bright orange table in the training room while his ankles were being wrapped.
“Day 14 or 15, I think,” Hill said. “I’m just tired right now, that’s all that is … we generally wake up at 5:30, and we don’t leave here ‘till like 7:45.”
Long days for Hill as he adjusts to the rigors of a Division-I program’s training schedule.
His former coach, Matt Miller at Garden City Community College (Kan.), said earlier this month there will be a learning curve for Hill this season; understanding the playbook, adjusting to the overall speed of the game, increased physicality.
But one thing Miller specifically mentioned, and was echoed by Cowboy players during fall camp, was Hill’s need to socially blend with the team.
“When he came in, (Hill) was kind of a shyer guy … but he’s opened up,” wide receiver David Glidden said. “I think he’s starting to feel really comfortable around here with his coaches and his other teammates. We’re trying to make him feel at home.”
Miller said Hill was the exact same way his first year at GCCC. But that didn’t last long.
“(Hill) is a bright young man that takes time to get used to his surroundings,” Miller said. “When he gets there, he doesn’t necessarily just jump into things. He’s probably more reserved. But he’s got a real fun personality. It’s going to come out and coaches are going to wish for the days when Tyreek was being quiet.”
Seemed to be the case Tuesday night. Hill wasn’t camera shy.