Jan. 6, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Record-breaking junior wide receiver Jason Hill announced today that he will return to Washington State University for his senior season.
At the conclusion of the Cougars' 2005 season, Hill explored the possibility of entering the NFL Draft with the assistance of the WSU coaching staff and services provided by the NFL. Following that process, Hill decided he wanted to return for his senior season and complete his degree in general studies.
"I have three objectives," announced Hill. "One, to raise my stock in the draft. I had a fourth round, high third consideration grade. Coming into it, I wanted a first or second round grade. Another objective is I want to be the best receiver to ever play here at Washington State University. And that dream is still alive -- I look to the future with a smile on my face. And my third objective is to graduate from college. No one in our family has ever done that."
This past season Hill led the Cougars with 62 catches for 1,097 yards and a school-record 13 touchdowns. He earned SI.com All-American honorable mention honors, All-Pac-10 Conference second team and CollegeFootballNews.com All-Pac-10 second team honors, and was a Biletnikoff Award finalist, representing the nation's top receiver.
Hill began the season by catching two touchdowns in each of the first three games, including a 10-catch, 143-yards performance against Grambling State. He followed that with an eight-catch, 190-yard, one touchdown effort at Oregon State in the Pac-10 opener.
Against California and across the bay from his hometown of San Francisco, Hill caught six passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns. The 240 yards marked the fourth-best single-game effort in school history and was the second 200-plus yard performance of his career.
In his three seasons, Hill holds the top two single-season touchdown marks and is the career leader in career touchdown receptions with 25, despite not catching a pass as a freshman. He is also the only WSU receiver to have two 1,000 yards season, going for 1,007 yards in 2004 and 1,097 this past season.
His 2,104 career yards rank sixth on WSU's all-time list while his 107 catches are just five short of the Top 10 marks. Should he remain on his current pace, Hill will end his career first in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, second in career receptions and second in career touchdowns.
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