April 28, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Jason Hill, a three-time All-Pacific-10 Conference selection and Washington State University's all-time leader in touchdown receptions and receiving yards, was selected in the third round of the 2007 National Football League draft Saturday by his hometown team, the San Francisco 49ers. Hill, the only Cougar selected during the first day of the 2007 NFL Draft, was the 76th player drafted and the 12th in the third round.
Hill, a San Francisco, Calif. native, is the first Cougar wide receiver to be drafted since Devard Darling was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round (82nd overall pick) of the 2004 NFL Draft.
In 2006 Hill led WSU with seven receiving touchdowns, to go with 41 catches for 600 yards. Hill missed the final two games after suffering a high ankle sprain late in the first half against Arizona. Following his final season Hill was named the Cougars Co-Offensive MVP and participated in the 2007 Senior Bowl, where he caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from Ohio State's Troy Smith to cap a 27-0 North victory.
Hill is the Cougars' all-time leader in receiving yards (2,704) and touchdown receptions (32), tied for second in Pac-10 history in the latter category. Hill is also second in receptions at WSU with 148. He caught a touchdown pass in four straight games in 2006 and had a season-high 121 yards receiving, including the lone Cougar touchdown, in a 13-6 win at Oregon State. Hill also owns the top two single-season marks for touchdown receptions, posting back-to-back seasons of 13 and 12 in 2005 and 2004, respectively.
Quotes from Jason Hill
On his feeling about going back to San Francisco and what it means to be around family.
"It means a ton. Playing in front of my family, I seem to play well. Some of my biggest games have come in front of my family. The Colorado game, the Cal game last year at Cal, the Idaho game when I had three catches and three touchdowns. I tend to play better in front of my family so coming here (San Francisco) is great."
If he had an idea of San Francisco's interest in him
"Yes, they did show some interest. I thought it would be in second round but they started making trades, moving up and down. I didn't know what is was going to turn into but it worked out well. I would have rather gone sooner, but it worked out well."
On being part of young nucleus of great offensive players.
"It is going to be good, everyone has a free shot. I talked to (SF wide receiver) coach Sullivan and he let me know it is an open competition. I told him all I am going to do is perform, not like a third round pick, but like a top 10 pick."
SENIOR (2006-07): V-Letter...Games - 10...Starts - 10...earned the following weekly team awards: Gamebreaker - Stanford; Pac-10 Special Teams POW nominee - Stanford; Pac-10 Offensive POW nominee - Oregon State. Special Teams: Onside KO, Hands:
* All-Pacific-10 Conference Second Team;
* WSU Offensive Co-MVP;
* Fred Biletnikoff Award Watch List;
* Had 41 catches for 600 yards and team-leading seven touchdown receptions;
* Had five catches for season-high 121 yards and a touchdown at Oregon State;
* Had five catches for 115 yards and a touchdown in road win at UCLA;
* Suffered a high ankle sprain in the second quarter against Arizona and missed the final two games against ASU and Washington;
* Ranked among Pac-10 leaders in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns scored;
* His school record 32 career touchdown receptions ranks second nationally among active receivers, trailing USC's Dwayne Jarrett;
* Hill's 32 receiving touchdowns are second in Pac-10 history;
* Ranks first on WSU's all-time career receiving list with 2,704 yards;
* Hill's 148 career catches are second all-time at WSU, trailing only Hugh Campbell's 176;
* The only player in WSU history to record back-to-back seasons with 1,000-plus receiving yards;
* Broke school single-season record for receiving touchdowns in back-to-back seasons (12 in 2004, 13 in 2005);
* Broke the career receiving touchdown record (previously 22) in less than two seasons as he did not catch as pass as a true freshman;
* Averaged 27.6 yards per catch on his 32 touchdown passes;
* Has nine career 100-yard plus receiving days and two over 200, including a career-high 240 yards, with three touchdowns on just six catches, last season at California;
* Picked to play in the 2007 Senior Bowl.
JUNIOR (2005-06): V-Letter...Games - 10...Starts - 10...earned the following weekly team awards: Cougar Claw Offense - Grambling State/Oregon State; Pac-10 Offensive POW nominee - California. Special Teams: Onside KO, Hands:
* Pacific-10 Conference second team by the league's coaches...CollegefootballNews.com All-Pac-10 second team;
* SI.com All-America honorable mention;
* Broke his own WSU record with 13 TD receptions;
* Set WSU career receiving touchdowns record with 25;
* 62 receptions sixth best in WSU history and 1,097 yards fourth best;
* Best game 10 receptions for 143 yards and two scores in Seattle against Grambling State;
* Had a three-touchdown game with six receptions for 240 yards at California...240 yards fourth most in WSU history;
* Had eight receptions twice, at Oregon State for 190 yards and against UCLA for 65 yards...one TD reception in each game;
* Suffered a quad contusion in the OSU game and missed WSU's home game with Stanford;
* Caught two touchdowns in each of first three games;
* Had at lest four receptions in each of the 10 games.
SOPHOMORE (2004-05): V-letter...Games - 11...Starts - 11...earned the following weekly team awards: Assassin - Colorado; Gamebreaker - Colorado/Idaho; Pac-10 Offense - Colorado/Idaho, Cougar Claw Offense - Arizona/Oregon/ASU:
* All-Pacific-10 Conference second team pick;
* Named the team's MVP on offense;
* Nationally, ranked 17th in reception yards at 91.55/gme, tied for 84th in receptions at 4.09/game, tied for 80th in scoring with 6.55/game;
* In the Pac-10 rankings, finished 3rd in receiving yards, 5th in scoring (points by touchdowns), 9th in receptions and 10th in overall scoring;
* Earned a starting role in fall camp and had at least one reception in every game;
* Set WSU record with 12 touchdown receptions in a season;
* The sixth WSU player to top 1,000 receiving yards in a season and the fifth best total at 1,007;
* Fourth on the WSU single-season receiving list, averaging 22.4 yards/catch;
* Caught passes for 100 or more yards in four games;
* During a five-game stretch, Colorado through Stanford, had 20 receptions, nine for touchdowns;
* Against Colorado caught six passes for 206 yards and one score...the 206 yards was the seventh best one-game performance by a WSU receiver;
* The next week against Idaho caught three passes for 105 yards and all three went for touchdowns;
* Then caught two fourth-quarter touchdown passes at Arizona, including the winning TD with 53 seconds to play as WSU won 20-19;
* Against Oregon caught two first-quarter passes and both went for touchdowns, giving him eight TD receptions in his last 11 receptions;
* Made just one catch at Oregon State and did not have a TD reception for the first time since the opener;
* Came back with five receptions against the #1 ranked USC Trojans, but didn't have a TD catch; the next week at UCLA caught four passes for 98 yards and one score;
* Caught four passes, one for a TD, in win over Washington.
FRESHMAN (2003-04): V-Letter...Games - 12...Starts - 0...played in the season opener against Idaho and at Notre Dame...father died the week of the Colorado game and he returned home for the week...back in action against New Mexico...made two special team tackles against Texas in the Holiday Bowl...earned the following weekly team awards: Special Teams Big Play - Oregon, Assassin - Arizona/Stanford/ASU, Gamebreaker - Stanford, Iron Man - OSU. Special Teams: Punts, punt returns, kickoffs, KO returns.
CAREER STATS: Games - 43...Starts - 31... ranks first in career receiving touchdowns, second in career receptions and first on career receiving yards list.
Jason Hill...born Feb. 20, 1985...mother LaVerne Hawkins...father Jerry Hill (deceased)...two brothers, Paul and Jerry, and three sisters, Mary, Helen, and Paula...social sciences major that graduated in 3 ½ years.