T.Y. Hilton: The Best College Football Player You've Never Heard Of?

Calvin W Boaz@Burrellfan1Correspondent IIAugust 4, 2009

Paris Hilton is a famous model, singer, author, fashion designer, and actress. Actually, Hilton doesn't seem to really excel at any of those things.

She is just famous for no apparent reason at all.

T.Y. Hilton is a sophomore wide receiver at Florida International University whose immense talent is surpassed sadly by his lack of notoriety in the world of college football.

Last season, Hilton was one of only three freshmen receivers that had over 1,000 yards catching in the FBS. Hilton caught 41 passes for 1,013 yards for an incredible 24.7 yards per catch.

Along with seven touchdowns receiving, Hilton ran for two touchdowns.

Due to his blazing speed and the lack of play makers on the Golden Panthers' roster, Hilton was utilized as the team's return specialist. Hilton averaged 23.4 yards on 36 kick returns and 14.8 yards on 18 punt returns.

Hilton's 2,162 all-purpose yards set the single season record at FIU.

Because of his tremendous skill set, Hilton was selected the Freshman of the Year by the Sun Belt Conference. He was named to the All-SBC First Team as a kick return specialist and all-purpose player.

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The only tasks Hilton didn't perform for the Golden Panthers last season were to park cars before the game and sell popcorn at halftime.

In 2008, it didn't take long for Hilton to achieve success. In FIU's first game versus Kansas, Hilton scored a touchdown the first time he touched the ball on a 74-yard punt return.

Against Louisiana-Lafayette, Hilton returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.

In a losing effort, Hilton caught four passes for 99 yards, giving him a season-best 295 all-purpose yards for the game.

An FIU single-game record for receiving yards was set when Hilton had 199 receiving yards on six receptions versus Arkansas State.

To make that game especially memorable for Hilton, he threw the game-winning 38-yard touchdown pass to fellow wide out Junior Mertile.

Hilton showed last year that even at 5'10'', 175 pounds, he can more than handle the punishment that all-purpose players take.

Hilton's impact on the offense may even increase this year as FIU looks for ways to get more passes thrown in his direction.

At Florida International, Hilton is majoring in sports broadcasting. Don't be surprised if Hilton starts doing voice-overs for his own highlight films.


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