In a crowded backfield full of talented runners, Jeremy Hill emerged as a star in his freshman season.
Accomplishments: For the season's first six games, Hill was a talented back of the future, not playing in the first two games, then playing sparingly in the next four. That changed in Week 7 when Hill rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns in a win over South Carolina. He never looked back. The USC breakout started a string of three straight 100-yard rushing games. By season's end, he led LSU with 631 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 130 carries.
Shortcomings: With his mix of fullback size (6-foot-2 and a listed weight of 225 pounds that seems like a low estimate), deceptive speed and football instincts, it's hard to think of many shortcomings that won't get dealt with as he gets more experienced. One area where Hill did not because LSU's primary running back option was on passing downs where Spencer Ware was the Tigers' best pass blocker and best receiver coming out of the backfield.
Against Clemson: LSU will likely play some ball control to keep Clemson's high-powered offense off the field, and that's where Hill can make an impact on the game. If the Tigers can build a lead going into the fourth quarter, look for a steady diet of the powerful Hill, along with Ware and Kenny Hilliard, to try to wear down the Clemson defense and minimize the time Tajh Boyd might have to work his passing magic.