Joe Hills (American football)

Joseph Hills (born October 2, 1987) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football at South Carolina from 2007 to 2008 before transferring to Tennessee State.

Joe Hills
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Hills in 2017
Free agent
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1987-10-02) October 2, 1987 (age 33)
Palmetto, Florida
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Palmetto (FL)
College:Tennessee State
Undrafted:2011
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career Arena statistics
Receptions:726
Receiving yards:8,883
Touchdowns:230
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Early lifeEdit

Hills attended Palmetto High School in Palmetto, Florida. There, he was a standout member of the football team being ranked as the No. 27 recruit at the wide receiver position.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Joseph Hills
WR
Palmetto, Florida Palmetto High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 213 lb (97 kg) 4.55 Nov 17, 2006 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 90 (WR)   Rivals: 27 (WR), 37 (FL)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "South Carolina Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  • "2007 South Carolina Football Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  • "2007 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved October 2, 2013.

Hills committed to the University of South Carolina on November 17, 2006.[1] Hills chose South Carolina over football scholarships from Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Ole Miss, & Nebraska.[2]

College careerEdit

Hills played two seasons for the South Carolina Gamecocks of the University of South Carolina. He played in 13 games, starting 3 games, for the Gamecocks, recording 11 receptions for 87 yards and one touchdown. After the 2008 season, Hills transferred to Tennessee State University. He played in 11 games, starting 9, in 2009, catching 39 passes for 528 yards and three touchdowns. He appeared in 11 games, all starts, his senior year in 2010, catching 40 passes for 462 yards and 4 touchdowns.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Hills was rated the 64th best wide receiver in the 2011 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com.[4]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
211 lb
(96 kg)
4.60 s 1.58 s 2.58 s 4.44 s 7.10 s 37 12 in
(0.95 m)
10 ft 10 in
(3.30 m)
18 reps
All values from Pro Day[4]

Tennessee TitansEdit

After failing to be drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft, Hills was invited to training camp by the Tennessee Titans. Hills suffered an ankle injury during camp, ruining his chances at making the final roster. He was cut on September 4, 2011.[5]

Spokane ShockEdit

Hills signed with the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League (AFL) before the 2012 season.

Tampa Bay StormEdit

Hills finished the 2012 season with the Tampa Bay Storm.

Hills had a big season for the Storm in 2013, earning 1st Team All-Arena honors, finishing in the top 7 of the league in receptions (133), receiving yards (1,861) and receiving touchdowns (42).[6][7]

Hills attended rookie minicamp with the Carolina Panthers in May 2013.[8]

Hamilton Tiger-CatsEdit

Hills was signed to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' practice roster on August 12, 2014.[9] He was released by the Tiger-Cats on August 29, 2014.[10]

Pittsburgh PowerEdit

On September 25, 2014, Hills was assigned to the Pittsburgh Power. The Power folded in November 2014, making Hills a free agent.[11]

 
Hills in 2017

Jacksonville SharksEdit

On December 30, 2014, Hills was assigned to the Jacksonville Sharks. Hills had a terrific season with the Sharks, breaking Jeron Harvey's team record for receptions. Hills was named a Second Team All-Arena selection in 2015. On October 21, 2015, Hills was assigned to the Sharks for the 2016 season. Hills went on to have another spectacular year for the Sharks in 2016 raking in 2,020 reception yards and 50+ touchdowns earning himself receiver of the year honors. [12] Hills won the 2016 Arena Football League Offensive Player of the Year Award.[13] He was also named the Cutters Receiver of the Year.[14]

Dalian Dragon KingsEdit

In 2016, Hills was the first American selected (second overall pick) in the 2016 draft of the China Arena Football League being selected by the Dalian Dragon Kings.[15] However, he did not play for the team.[16][17]

Tampa Bay StormEdit

Hills was assigned to the Tampa Bay Storm on January 9, 2017. He was placed on league suspension on June 27, 2017.[18] He was named the AFL Wide Receiver of the Year in 2017.[19] He also earned First Team All-Arena honors.[20] The Storm folded in December 2017.[21]

Jacksonville SharksEdit

Hills signed with the Jacksonville Sharks of the National Arena League on June 22, 2017.[22] He played in one game for the Sharks and then returned to the Storm.

Florida TarponsEdit

Hills signed with the Florida Tarpons of the American Arena League on January 12, 2018.[23]

Albany EmpireEdit

Hills was assigned to the Albany Empire of the Arena Football League (AFL) on April 20, 2018.[24]

AFL statisticsEdit

Year Team
Rec Yds TD
2012 Spokane 14 134 1
2012 Tampa Bay 39 648 13
2013 Tampa Bay 133 1,869 42
2014 Tampa Bay 100 1,252 38
2015 Jacksonville 150 1,607 42
2016 Jacksonville 161 2,020 58
2017 Tampa Bay 129 1,353 36
Career 726 8,883 230

Stats from ArenaFan:[25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Joseph Hills". www.rivals.com. Yahoo!. Retrieved October 2, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Joseph Hills". www.scout.com. Microsoft. Retrieved October 2, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Joseph Hills". titansonline.com. Archived from the original on July 22, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ a b "Joe Hills". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved July 21, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Cut by Titans, Joe Hills vows he will be back". www.brsoundingoff.blogspot.com. September 4, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Jim Meehan (August 8, 2013). "Meyer, Tennell make All-AFL first-team offense". www.spokesman.com. The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved October 2, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Joe Hills Earns All-Arena Honors". www.620wdae.com. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. August 8, 2013. Archived from the original on October 5, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Alan Dell (May 5, 2013). "Joe Hills' Arena League heroics earn him an invitation to Carolina Panthers camp". www.brandton.com. Bradenton Herald. Retrieved October 2, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Ticats Add Receiver Joe Hills To Practice Roster". ticats.ca. August 12, 2014. Retrieved September 1, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "August 2014". cfl.ca. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved September 1, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ DiPaola, Jerry (November 17, 2014). "Power fold for now; AFL remains hopeful of keeping franchise viable". triblive.com. Archived from the original on December 21, 2014. Retrieved December 20, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Joe Hills to Suit up for Sharks in 2016". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. October 21, 2015. Retrieved October 21, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Joe Hills Named Under Armour Offensive Player of the Year". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. August 25, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Jacksonville's Hills Named Cutters Receiver of the Year". arenafootball.cstv.com. August 19, 2016. Archived from the original on August 5, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  15. ^ Delladell, Adam (June 14, 2016). "Palmetto's Joe Hills first American drafted in new China Football League". bradenton.com. Archived from the original on July 22, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  16. ^ "Dalian Dragon Kings". caflfootball.com. Archived from the original on October 4, 2016. Retrieved July 21, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  17. ^ Watkins, Rrik (December 26, 2016). "Superman Steps Out of Phone Booth, Sits Down with ITA". insidethearena.org. Archived from the original on July 22, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  18. ^ "Transactions". afldigital.com. Archived from the original on June 28, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  19. ^ "Tampa Bay's Hills Named Wide Receiver of the Year". arenafootball.com. August 22, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ "AFL Announces All-Arena First and Second Teams". AFL. Archived from the original on 2017-09-16. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  21. ^ "Tampa Bay Storm suspending operations". Tampa Bay Times. December 21, 2017.
  22. ^ "ALL-ARENA WIDE RECEIVER JOE HILLS RETURNS TO SHARKS". jaxsharks.com. June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  23. ^ "Florida Tarpons Football". facebook.com. Retrieved January 12, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  24. ^ "Press Releases: Albany Empire Add Elite, All-Arena Wide Receiver (Albany Empire press release) | ArenaFan.com". www.arenafan.com. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  25. ^ "Joe Hills". arenafan.com. Retrieved July 21, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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