P.J. Hill Will Declare for the NFL
P.J. Hill (Brad Fedie/2008)
Posted Jan 8, 2009

His above average Champs Sports Bowl appearance was the last time carrying the ball for the University of Wisconsin, as junior running back P.J. Hill will forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

University of Wisconsin tailback P.J. Hill has decided to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft, the school announced today. Hill is the Badgers' No. 3 all-time rusher with with 3,996 yards, behind only Ron Dayne (7,125 yards) and Anthony Davis (4,676 yards). “We are excited for both players,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. “I wish P.J. the best in the future and want to thank him for all his hard work during his time as a Badger. He’s a great running back and I think his numbers speak for themselves.” Hill first stepped onto the national scene in 2006 as a redshirt freshman, rushing for 1,161 yards on 311 carries (5.0 average) and 15 touchdowns. As it turns out, his freshman year was his best year.

After getting 1,236 yards in 233 carries (5.2-yard average) and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore last season, Hill rushed 226 times for 1,161 yards (5.1 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns this season.

In Wisconsin's loss in the Champs Sports Bowl, Hill rushed 15 times for 140 yards (9.3 yards per carry), being the lone bright spot of the game for the Badgers.

Hill ends his UW career in third place on Wisconsin’s all-time rushing list with 3,996 yards. Along with Ron Dayne, he is one of only two players in Badger history to run for at least 1,000 yards in each of their first three seasons. Hill is also tied for second on UW’s all-time touchdowns list with 44 and ranks third in school history with 20 career 100-yard performances.

“I just feel the time is right for me to take the next step in my career,” Hill said in a statement. “I would like to thank my teammates, coaches and the Badger fans for the great experience I had during my time at UW.”

The Badgers also announced that junior tight end Garrett Graham would return for his senior season. Graham led the Badgers in receptions (40), receiving yards (540) and receiving touchdowns (5) in 2008 despite missing two full games because of injury.

“I know that Garrett is looking forward to completing his time at UW and improving for his senior season and we are thrilled to have him returning," said Bielema.

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