Senior wide receiver K.J. Hill is now the leading pass-catcher in Ohio State football history.
Hill broke David Boston’s school record of 191 career receptions late in the third quarter of the 2019 Big Ten Championship Game with a 10-yard reception.
Earlier this week, Hill said he was looking forward to the chance to not just set the record, but to do it in a game where he could help the Buckeyes pick up an important win.
“It would be good to break that record with the Big Ten or whatever we got after that. So it’s pretty exciting,” he said.
He has also now caught passes in 47 consecutive games, one short of the OSU record in that category. Gary Williams did it in 48 straight games fro 1979 to 1982.
Hill can tie that mark in the Buckeyes’ first postseason game, and could break it if OSU reaches the National Championship Game.
But he’s already at the top of the heap for catches by a Buckeye. Hill entered the Big Ten Championship game with 188 career catches for 2,182 yards and 18 touchdowns.
His best season statistically came last fall when he racked up 70 catches for 885 yards and six scores.
The senior from Little Rock, Ark. had the opportunity to turn pro following the 2018 season, but chose to return for his final year.
He entered the 2019 season expecting to pile up big stats now that he wasn’t splitting time with Parris Campbell.
Instead, this year his numbers have dropped some as the Buckeyes shifted back to more of a run-based offense.
“I just had to set that aside. We’re 12-0, going to play for a Big 10 championship and if we win that, we can play for it all. So I guess I have to put that aside and do what’s best for the team,” Hill said earlier this week.
But Hill has made a major impact.
He scored a touchdown in eight of the Buckeyes’ 12 regular season games, including the big wins over Penn State and Michigan to close the regular season.
He entered the Big Ten Championship Game ranked No. 8 on OSU’s career receiving yardage list, and tied for No. 9 in career touchdowns with Devin Smith and Michael Thomas.
But in the end, to Hill, his stats and records just mean he’s doing his job.
“I just did what I supposed to do. That’s catch the ball. When the ball comes my way, I’ve gotta catch it. And I think I did a good job with that,” said Hill.
“I’m just doing everything to try and help the team any way. My job is to catch the ball and make big plays and I just try to do that.”