Slippery Rock RB Wes Hills to sign with Arizona Cardinals | TribLIVE.com
District College

Slippery Rock RB Wes Hills to sign with Arizona Cardinals

Bill Beckner
1130288_web1_gtr-sruhills-111118
Slippery Rock Wes Hills in the PSAC title game

Wes Hills had been stuck between the Rock and a pro place.

But that all changed this week as the former Slippery Rock star running back was invited to rookie minicamp with the Arizona Cardinals. He is expected to sign a free agent contract.

Hills, a native of Wildwood, N.J., played one season at Slippery Rock after leaving Delaware. He missed three games with a shoulder injury but still broke the Rock’s single-season rushing record with 1,714 yards and 17 touchdowns.

After a minicamp tryout with the Seattle Seahawks last week, Hills had to cancel a similar trip to Atlanta with the Falcons when the Cardinals called.

“We’re so thrilled for Wes and his family,” Slippery Rock coach Shawn Lutz said in a news release. “Wes came in from Day 1 and bought into everything we wanted to do here. We told him if he came here and played to his potential, he would have a chance to put himself in this position and he certainly did that. We know the Cardinals are getting a guy that will work his tail off to be successful at the NFL level.”

Hills, who had seven 100-yard games, was named to the Associated Press All-America team in addition to all-region and All-PSAC honors. Slippery Rock went 11-3 (7-0 PSAC West) and reached the NCAA Division II quarterfinals.

The team finished No. 7 in the national rankings.

Hills’ rise to the pros has been a steady upward progression since his senior season ended. He played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at the Rose Bowl and was named MVP in the game, rushing for 78 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

He accepted an invite to the Reese’s Senior Bowl and broke off a 21-yard run before pulling up lame with an injury.

Slippery Rock has produced seven NFL camp invitees in the past five years. The others are Brandon Fusco, Marcus Martin, Ian Park, Marcus Johnson, Cory Tucker and Titus Howard.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

Categories: Sports | College-District
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.