Balance and an ability to run through tackles has made LSU’s Jeremy Hill the second-leading rusher and top scorer in the Southeastern Conference through the first half of this season.
But innate talent isn’t the only thing that’s helped Hill shake tackles and keep going this season. He also credits a drill the Tigers use to help them hold onto the ball.
“It’s called bounding,” explained Hill, who helps lead the No. 10-ranked Tigers on Saturday against No. 17 Florida in Tiger Stadium (2:30 p.m., CBS). “You take off for 5 yards, fall, push yourself off the ground and burst for another 5 yards. It’s a running backs drill, but the receivers have adapted to it as well.
“When you fall, you have to keep the ball close to your body. I’ve taken it and used it to help me. When people try to make a tackle, I’m able to keep going.”
Hill has carried 79 times for 594 yards this season. He has averaged 118.8 yards per game and 7.5 yards per carry, and his nine touchdowns in five games equates to an SEC-best 10.8 points per game.
Big recruiting weekend
A huge game with Florida means a long list of recruits in Tiger Stadium on Saturday.
The biggest prize on the list is Gardenia (Calif.) Junipero Serra cornerback Adoree Jackson (5-foot-10, 182 pounds), who will make his official visit. A consensus five-star prospect, Jackson is ranked No. 5 nationally by Scout, No. 6 by ESPN, No. 7 by Rivals and No. 24 by 24/7 Sports.
USC and Florida are considered to be the leaders for Jackson’s commitment, but LSU is trying to make up ground. Jackson visited Oklahoma last weekend.
Other top uncommitted prospects expected to be at the game include John Curtis wide receiver Malachi Dupre and linebacker Kenny Young, Edna Karr wide receiver Speedy Noil and defensive tackle Gerald Willis.
LSU has 15 commitments for 2014. With 10 spots still available, the Tigers’ class is currently ranked 10th by ESPN and 24/7 Sports, 13th by Rivals and 15th by Scout.
Gameday parking added
LSU has completed work on a new 350-space parking lot in time for Saturday’s game.
The lot is located off Gourrier Avenue next to the LSU Golf Course across the street from Alex Box Stadium.
Parking is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The lot can be accessed by turning off Nicholson Drive or River Road onto Gourrier.
For more information on LSU gameday parking, visitLSUsports.net/parking.
Saturday’s game marks the 60th meeting between the Tigers and Gators in a series that began in 1937.
Florida leads the series 31-25-3, holding a slim 16-14 edge in Baton Rouge.
The teams have split the last 12 meetings, including a 14-6 Florida win last year in Gainesville and a 41-11 LSU win in Tiger Stadium two years ago.
Florida is LSU’s permanent SEC East opponent, a scheduling staple LSU officials have lobbied to have eliminated. The schools have met every year since 1971.
Fans strolling past the north end of Tiger Stadium will see the newest phase of the facility’s beautification project: 15 large bronze plaques commemorating LSU’s various national award winners.
The plaques, which weigh 350 pounds each, were installed this week over spaces that once contained windows for the LSU locker room before a previous renovation.
“We felt that would be a great canvas to show our fans more of our history and recognize these athletes,” said Eddie Nunez, LSU associate athletic director for operations.
Some of the lettering for signage to hang over the plaques was damaged, so that will be installed at a later date, Nunez said.
‘Earthquake’ event Tuesday
Former Advocate sports editor Sam King and LSU geology and geophysics professor Juan Lorenzo will be on hand for a talk Tuesday to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1988 LSU-Auburn “Earthquake Game.”
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and is open free to the public. It is being held in conjunction with the LSU Libraries Special Collections’ current exhibit, “Saturday night in Tiger Stadium,” on display through Dec. 21.
Visitors will be able to see the seismogram from the 1988 game and purchase signed copies of King’s new book, “Tiger Beat: Covering LSU Sports for 35 years.”