In a disturbing trend we are seeing more and more of, although understandable, Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill and offensive lineman Larry Williams will skip the Liberty Bowl as they prepare for the NFL Draft.
Justice Hill and Larry Williams will not participate in the bowl game to pursue future endeavors. We wish both young men the best moving forward. #okstate
— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) December 3, 2018
Neither departure is unexpected. Williams is out of eligibility and it has been widely assumed that Hill would declare for the draft after this season.
He has actually gone through some NFL prep before. In a strange set of circumstances, he was granted special permission to participate in pre-draft activities this spring, including OSU’s Pro Day, as he waited to find out if he would be granted another year of eligibility. Of course, we know now that he was granted an extra year. The 6-foot-4, 330 pound guard has been a force up front for the Pokes since transferring into the program, and will be missed against Missouri.
The Cowboys will also miss Justice Hill. The star running back needs just 70 more yards to complete a third-straight 1,000-yard season, but 2018 wasn’t the season Hill was hoping for. Hill received just 158 carries this season. That’s 110 fewer than last season. He was also targeted less coming out of the back field. He received just 13 passes compared to 31 receptions last season.
In all, Hill leaves as Oklahoma State’s seventh-leading rusher with 632 carries for 3,539 yards. Not too bad of a career, and he’ll do big things at the next level.