OSU Career Receptions Leader KJ Hill Credits Those Who Showed Him the Way

KJ Hill Ohio State Buckeyes Receiver

With a 10-yard reception in the third quarter of Ohio State’s 34-21 win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game, fifth-year senior receiver KJ Hill set the all-time receptions mark at OSU with 192 career catches.

He then added three more catches onto that total, including a pair of critical touchdowns for the Buckeyes.

Hill now sits at 195 career catches, which is four more than previous leader David Boston and 27 more than NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter, who held the record for over a decade before Boston broke it.

The rest of the top 10 in OSU’s career receptions list is a who’s who of Buckeye greats featuring names like Michael Jenkins, Santonio Holmes, and Ted Ginn, Jr.

Sitting at his locker after the game on Saturday and reflecting on what the record means to him, those names were not lost on KJ Hill.

“My name being in that category just feels great,” he said. “I never would have thought it, but I just thank God. I’ve been blessed.”

Based on what he had done in the previous two seasons totaling 126 receptions, Hill was expected to break the record this year, but he didn’t talk about it much throughout the season. And in the moment of breaking it, he had bigger things to concern himself with.

“It feels great,” he said. “You all always remind me of how many how many catches I need, so I knew during the game I had broken it, but I couldn’t really think about it because we were behind, so I was trying to do anything I could to help this team win. That’s the best way I could go out — with the Big Ten Championship, in the Championship Game breaking the record.”

Hill finished with seven receptions for 83 yards and two touchdowns against the Badgers.

He is now just two games away from setting the school record for consecutive games with at least one catch. He is sitting at 47 games in a row with a reception, but it will take a College Football Playoff Championship Game appearance for Hill to hold the record all by himself.

Of course, all of these numbers also means that KJ Hill has been around for a long time.

A Little Rock, Arkansas native, Hill was once committed to play at Arkansas. He eventually chose to become a Buckeye, and as a fifth-year senior, the distance between now and then doesn’t seem all that long.

“Time flies,” he said after the game. “It feels like I just got here the other day, making the decision to come here to Ohio State.”

And while Hill now stands alone in the record book, he knows who helped him all along the way, which has also given him the perfect example to following in paying forward.

“I had great leaders here to show me the way. Michael Thomas, Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon, and Terry McLaurin, so I just followed their lead,” Hill said.

“They worked hard, they didn’t say much. They just did what they had to do, and that got me in this position. I give them a lot of credit because they showed me the way. So I’m just trying to show guys like Garrett Wilson, Jameson Williams, and Chris Olave the way so that one day one of them can break the record.”

5 Responses

  1. Mr. Mills and I (among others, I’m sure) were pretty excited when he chose to come to THE Ohio State University. He’s been a joy to watch and will be missed. Hopefully the young Bucks he’s mentoring pay attention because no matter your talent, what KJ can teach you will take you further.

  2. Amazing career. Awesome player. Going to miss him dearly but looking forward to watching him in the NFL.
    With all due respect, also hoping a player now at OSU breaks this record again!

    Well done and good luck, K ‘MF’ J Hill.

  3. well said, Norman.

    well done, KJ.

    Note: ‘special recognition’ of how KJ chose to reveal how we did, in fact, ‘distract’ him from his tasks and brothers with our shallow waves of statistics and ‘reminders’.

    K.J. ‘got class’

    we got…not so much. But of course it ‘doesn’t matter than much’… except it does matter, in terms of Coach Day’s standards.

  4. I’ll miss him more than many others, just because of the quiet way he went about his business. So quiet that it would seem that many times people just forgot to pay attention to him at the most important parts of games. It seemed like every time a game was on the line he turned up.

  5. What a great young man and such a wonderful representative of Ohio State University. Kudos to his family and to all the coaches and mentors who helped K.J. along the way!

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