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K.J. Hill Showed Why He’s Been Ohio State’s Glue Guy This Season

COLUMBUS — Over the last two seasons, Ohio State junior H-back K.J. Hill has been known as the receiver with the best hands among the Buckeye receivers.

He clearly showcased that on Saturday when he made a one-handed catch for a touchdown that put OSU ahead of Minnesota in the second quarter.

There are good one-handed catches and touchdowns, and then there’s Hill’s perfect one-handed stash and dash for a 36-yard score. 

The touchdown was celebrated by Hill in an equally flashy way, as he showed off his sticky hands by scraping the ball from his grasp with his cleat.

Hill had no choice, really.

“You gotta do something extra when you make a play like that,” Hill said. “Then Terry [McLaurin], he came up and emphasized it some more so I had to go along with it.”

Despite the outcome, the play was not exactly how quarterback Dwayne Haskins thought it would turn out when he threw the ball in Hill’s direction.

“At first, I was kind of mad because that play we’ve been working on all week in practice, and it happens a lot faster,” Haskins said. “So I wanted him to get his head around, so when he looked, the ball was already there, and it was a little behind him. But he made a crazy play. Of course, K.J. is a little character. He was pretty hyped up. He had a career day today.”

Touchdowns and receptions are not new to Hill. He has had at least four receptions in every game this season. But there is no denying that his catch on Saturday was a special one, and it meant a lot to Hill.

“It shows more trust for the quarterback… that if I can catch it with one hand, I can catch it with two hands,” Hill said. “As a team, I feel like it gave us momentum.”

But that crazy touchdown catch was not the only thing Hill did in the game against Minnesota. In the fourth quarter with under two minutes to go, he grabbed a 27-yard pass from Haskins for a touchdown that pretty much put the game away. He also had a 42-yard catch in the first quarter which was a season long.

Hill had quite the day, finishing with 9 receptions for a career high 187 yards. He tied his career high with two touchdowns and extended his streak of games with a reception to 27 games. Hill averaged 20.8 yards per play.

The catch and performance were celebrated by members of the team on the sidelines, and even former Ohio State players on social media let him know they were watching. But the performance by Hill on Saturday wasn’t just him rising up to the occasion. According to head coach Urban Meyer, it has been a consistent effort from Hill and the receiving unit all year.

“He’s been kind of our guy, as they all are,” Meyer said. “That group is as good of a group as I’ve been around.”

6 Responses

  1. offense overall looks great, haskins throws great, needs to run better…………….defense gives up to many yards, when we play a better team it will show up

  2. awesome catch and hilarious after the catch in the endzone!! on top of that–VERY consistent and should be the player of the game for OSU

  3. “They call me, MR. DYSON.” KJ Hill had the best on the team the day he arrived at Ohio State. He finally has a strong arm QB willing to exploit those talents. Cannot wait to look at the video of that play on my camera in a little while.

    Congratulations KJ……………..IMPRESSIVE catch, and the celebration was spectacular.

  4. That was an awesome catch. It happened right in front of my section. His celebration was funny too. It looked like he had stickem on his gloves.

    1. Reminds me of the commercial where the guy across the street see’s his neighbor touching the trash can and mail box and not being able to get em off. CLASSIC.

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