Slippery Rock running back Hills invited to national all-star game
Slippery Rock senior running back Wes Hills missed a portion of the season with an injury but that did not stop him from getting invited to a national all-star game.
Hills, who set the Rock’s single-season rushing record despite missing more than two games with an injury, will play in the National Football League Players Association Collegiate Bowl Jan. 19 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
The game is considered one of the top three showcase games for emerging players, who perform in front of dozens of NFL scouts and personnel. Nineteen players from last year’s game were drafted by NFL teams and 30 others made pro rosters.
Former NFL head coaches Mike Tice and Chuck Pagano will coach the all-star teams.
Hills (6-foot-2, 218 pounds) missed two full games and parts of three others but still ran for 1,714 yards as the Rock (11-3) went three rounds in the NCAA Division II playoffs.
A transfer from Delaware and a native of Wildwood, N.J., he returned to start in Week 6 and topped 100 yards seven times, including three games of 200-plus yards. Hills finished with 1,907 all-purpose yards, the second most in a season in SRU history.
“We’re thrilled for Wes,” SRU coach Shawn Lutz said in a news release. “We recruited him hard and told him if he chose Slippery Rock that he would have a great chance to lead our offense and attract a lot of attention from the NFL. Every team in the league visited campus to see him this year and he just kept getting stronger as the year went on. He’s an NFL-caliber football player and we were very fortunate to have him on our roster this year.”
Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at email@example.com or via Twitter @BillBeckner.