On Tuesday, Tom Herman announced that starting cornerback Holton Hill has been suspended for the remainder of the 2017 season. This news is a major blow for the Longhorns defense that has been one of the best in the Big 12 all season long.
Texas announces CB Holton Hill is suspended for the rest of this season pic.twitter.com/Y02qktJ4CD
— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) November 7, 2017
Hill is a 6-foot-3, 200 pound junior out of Houston, TX. Hill featured in eleven games as a freshman for Texas under Charlie Strong. Last year as a sophomore, Hill saw a regression in his playing time as he featured in only five games. This year however, Hill has been one of the brightest spots on Texas’ defense. Hill has started in all nine games for the Longhorns this season. Hill is the second leading tackler on the team, as well as having two pick-sixes on the season.
Hill’s size at the corner position will be sorely missed down the stretch for the Longhorns as they finish their season playing against Kansas, West Virginia, and Texas Tech. Both West Virginia and Texas Tech have a number of receivers that will present mismatch problems against smaller defensive backs.
On the most recent depth chart released by Texas, true freshman Josh Thompson was listed as the backup to Holton Hill, and should be expected to see significant playing time with Hill gone for the season.