Hill leads the way for running backs

Hill leads the way for running backs

Junior tailback has a career-high 63 yards on nine carries against South Florida.

While the Michigan State quarterback situation still is in flux, the running back situation for the Spartans is a little bit more settled.

The Spartans have followed through with the plan to go by committee and use the hot hand, which led to Nick Hill getting the start Saturday against South Florida.

"You produce, you play is at any position," Hill said about the production of the running backs. "It's at the wide-out position, the quarterback, running backs — that each an every single game is an evaluation of myself, but first and for most is that we get the win.

"So, I'm trying to make sure that we get the (win). So, I'm going to do the best I can do, not just running the ball, but pass protection and route running…so as an evaluation of myself to try and help the team win."

Hill led the Spartans with a career-high 63 yards on nine carries, including a 23-yarder and a 21-yarder. He also had a 10-yard reception.

"I thought my performance was really good (Saturday)," Hill said. "I ran the ball well and trusted the blocks of the offensive line. It allowed me to get in the open field a couple of times for some big gains, some big runs. I wanted to make sure I gave the quarterback enough time to pass the ball and be an outlet if they get under pressure. So overall, I think I did pretty well.

Jeremy Langford and Riley Bullough also factored in to the rushing attack, which offensive coordinator Dave Warner said he pleased him.

"We ran the ball with pretty good success," Warner said. "Last couple drives, we just wanted to run out the clock, so our rushing average came down a little bit.

"Overall, throughout the game, we obviously ran the ball and had some big plays in the running game."

Hill also thought the running backs were effective and that the quarterbacks had some good runs, too.

"I think, overall as a team, we did a good job," he said. "Our quarterbacks had some good plays running the ball. All three running backs - myself, Riley and Jeremy - did well. Jeremy scored and Riley had two good runs back-to-back. I think no matter who was in there for running back, they ran the ball very well."

For the second straight week, Langford provided the lone offensive touchdown when he capped a 33-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run with 4:34 left in the game.

Langford finished with 38 yards on nine carries and had five receptions for 21 yards. Bullough chipped in 38 yards on six carries.

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