Per the no nonsense and all business style of newly hired head coach Joe Moorhead, expectations have elevated in Starkville. Known for developing raw talent into superstars, Moorhead has plenty to work with this fall, most notably running back Kylin Hill. The former four-star recruit made the most of his freshman minutes, showing signs of promise. However, Moorhead’s arrival just turned a sign of promise into a guaranteed force to be reckoned with.
The Bulldogs will be an offensive show, and have a triple-threat in the backfield. Best described as a downhill runner with finesse and agility, Hill is simply a coveted talent, in that those with his skill-set are rare in today’s game. Putting all three on display at the most opportune of times, he took advantage of the Egg Bowl stage, rushing for 82 yards on 13 attempts with a touchdown. Though resulting in a 31-28 loss, Hill gave those in Oxford much to worry about.
However, Hill had plenty to worry about last August, as his arrest for reckless driving demonstrated immaturity and need for mentorship. That said, who better than Moorhead to bring out the best in him on and off the field. It would be unrealistic to think that a college freshman, especially one to be lighting up Saturdays would not run into a few bumps in the road. Nonetheless, there is no excuse, and Moorhead’s standards will be too high for Hill to find himself in the wrong hands.
He will likely split carries with Aeris “A-Train” Williams, a prototypical SEC running back whose knowledge of the game transcends most. Having said that, Williams and Hill could be be one of, if not the game’s best one-two punch in the backfield. Moorhead will use every play in the book with a duo of this caliber, as his expertise on the offensive side of the ball is unrivaled.
Hill is also dangerous in the passing game, particularly in the slot. As a receiver, he is a dual-threat beyond his years. With the gifts of speed and vision, Hill gives Mississippi State a one of a kind player. His journey from Columbus to Starkville has worked out thus far, and will only progress for the better.
With on field greatness comes off field confidence, and Hill’s knowledge of that notion speak high volumes. However, the Bulldog knows there is much to learn. The best is yet to come when one acknowledges a need for improvement. Looking past his mistake, fans should be nothing short of excited when Hill takes the field.
The sky is the limit for Hill, as every resource available on and off the field will send him into superstardom. With all the reason to smile, Mississippi State football is more than fortunate to have a tough and electric weapon at their disposal. There is something brewing in Starkville, and this young Bulldog will be a main attraction this fall in Stark Vegas.