March 27, 2013

Opportunity fuels competition at running back

EAST LANSING - Nick Hill believes he has the qualities needed to be a successful tailback at Michigan State.

And the fourth-year junior is determined to seize the opportunity he has this spring to establish himself as the frontrunner to replace Le'Veon Bell as the starter in the Spartan backfield.

"I have a big opportunity this year," said Hill. "I have been very patient the past three years with Le'Veon, Edwin (Baker), and Larry (Caper) in front of me. I learned a lot from them. They pushed me to be the best that I can be and there is an opportunity in this upcoming year for me."

Hill is ahead of Jeremy Langford and Nick Tompkins on the depth chart at running back.

"I am the No. 1 guy, but I am still competing each and every day," said Hill. "I have two guys chasing me and they push me to be the best that I can be and I push them to be the best that they can be."

Langford and Tompkins have the talent to push Hill at tailback this spring.

"Nick and Jeremy are both tremendous backs," said Hill. "Both have the potential to hit the home run, so do I. Each and every day we all have our 'A' game. We have to be at the best we can be, so we are all pushing each other."

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