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Simply put, Lamar Miller didn't get the job done last year as the team's No. 1 running back. The offensive line has to shoulder some of the blame, but he was still just not good enough.
Daniel Thomas is largely irrelevant at this point, and it doesn't seem like Mike Gillislee is going to step up and take the reins anytime soon. Enter Hill, who might be the most naturally talented back in this class.
At a buff 6'2, 236 pounds, Hill is a steamroller in the open field who runs aggressively but is also agile and explosive in the open field and can make guys miss.
Despite missing the first game of the 2013 season, he still rushed for 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns. He ran all over Auburn for 184 yards in LSU's victory on September 21.
What's the catch with Hill, and why is he not ranked more highly? Per NOLA.com, he pleaded guilty to simple battery on July 12, which violated his probation from a previous arrest of misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile in January 2012.
Clearly, he has some off-field issues. If Miami thinks that he's gotten his act together and is moving forward with his life, then it could get a future star at a bargain price.