LSU reinstated running back Jeremy Hill, head coach Les Miles said Monday. Hill had been suspended since being arrested following a bar fight in April. Video that clearly showed him assaulting another man surfaced, and Hill pleaded guilty to the charges. The running back avoided jail time, and Miles at that point had left the door open for a possible return.
Hill, who practiced with the team Monday, spoke briefly with the media but did not take questions.
Coach Miles: The team voted to allow Jeremy Hill back, and he practiced this afternoon.— LSU Football (@LSUfball) August 5, 2013
Jeremy Hill just spoke to the media: "I want to thank Coach Miles and this university for giving me another chance to play football."— LSU Football (@LSUfball) August 5, 2013
Jeremy Hill continued: "I would like to apologize to my teammates and the community. I will continue to work to be a better person."— LSU Football (@LSUfball) August 5, 2013
Hill led the Tigers in 2012 with 755 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns, and while LSU has a reasonable amount of experience behind him, his absence definitely would have been a blow to the offense.