1 - Shaq Hill
Shaq Hill
Height: 5-10
Weight: 180
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Stockton, Calif.
High School: Brookside Christian HS '11
Position: WR
Experience: 2L*

*** Honors Candidate ***

Career: Hill has 11 plays of at least 40 yards in his young career, including kickoff returns of 99, 93, 80, 53 and 41 yards. He has also been involved in long pass plays of 86, 76, 68, 58, 54 and 44 yards, including five from sophomore quarterback Vernon “Big Play V.A.” Adams. He currently has the ninth-best career kickoff return average in school history (24.2) and is fifth in kickoff return yards (1,546).

2014: Listed as a starter at wide receiver on the preseason depth chart, and is expected to return kickoffs again.

2013: Earned honorable mention All-Big Sky honors as a wide receiver. Started four games as a wide receiver and 10 others in Eastern’s regular rotation. He finished with 38 grabs for 790 yards and nine scores, with an average of 20.8 yards per catch. He finished 69th in FCS in all-purpose yards per game (106.2, with totals of 790 receiving, 634 on kickoff returns and 2 rushing). Among his big plays in 2013 were touchdown receptions of 68 and 76 yards against Montana State (11/9/13), and an 86-yard TD catch versus Montana (10/26/13). All three rank in the top 50 in school history, including the 86-yarder in eighth. He had a non-scoring kickoff return of 80 yards against Idaho State (11/2/13) and later scored on a 44-yard pass as he finished the game with 144 all-purpose yards on just three touches (two kickoff returns and one reception) for an average of nearly 50 yards per touch. He made the first start of his career against Western Oregon (9/7/13) and missed the Southern Utah game (10/19/13) with a knee sprain. He had a career-high 172 yards with three touchdowns on just four catches in the win over Montana State to earn team offensive player of the week honors. He had 117 yards versus Western Oregon to earn team offensive player of the week honors and another 112 against Montana. He was EWU’s regular kickoff returner, and had a 21.1 average on 30 returns (fourth-most in school history) for 633 yards (10th). Prior to the season, the College Football Performance Awards named him to Watch Lists for its Kickoff Returner Award and All-Purpose Performer of the Year Award.

2012: Hill was a member of the College Sports Journal Freshman All-America team and earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors in 2012. Hill, who had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against North Dakota (10/6/12), finished ranked 17th in FCS and third in the Big Sky with an average of 26.8 yards per kickoff return. On EWU’s single season leaders lists, he finished the 2012 season ranked in the top 10 in kickoff returns (third, 34), kickoff return yards (second, 912) and kickoff return average (10th, 26.8). As a backup wide receiver, he caught seven passes for 66 yards. Hill would have had another TD in the FCS Playoffs against Illinois State (12/8/12), but the video replay official determined he dropped the ball a yard shy of the end zone and it became a non-scoring 93-yard return (16th-longest in school history). As a team, Eastern was 14th in FCS with a 23.5 average, as Cory Mitchell added a non-scoring 67-yard return in the Illinois State (12/8/12) game. Hill had kickoff returns of 99 (eighth-best in school history) and 41 yards against North Dakota (10/6/12) to help earn him ROOT Sports Special Teams Player of the Week as selected by the Big Sky Conference. He was also the National Kickoff Returner of the Week in the FCS by College Football Performance Awards as he sparked EWU to a 34-point first-half outburst in a 55-17 Big Sky win. Hill’s touchdown return – Eastern’s first since 2010 – gave EWU a 20-10 lead and also helped him earn team special teams player of the week honors. After a North Dakota TD with 1:29 left in the first half cut the lead to 27-17, Hill struck again with a 41-yard kickoff return to set-up a Vernon Adams-to-Greg Herd TD pass with 13 ticks of the clock left. It was the second week in a row that Hill was nominated for player of the week honors after he recovered an onside kick with 2:19 left to play, which led to the winning score for Eastern in its 32-26 come-from-behind win over Montana (9/29/12). After that touchdown with 53 seconds to play, Hill had the tackle on the ensuing kickoff return at the Montana 18-yard line. That became a key stop, as the Grizzlies drove 62 yards on five plays, but ran out of time to complete its own rally. Hill also had the first kickoff returns of his Eastern career in that game, returning four for 84 yards and a touchdown to earn team special teams player of the week honors. Eastern’s normal kickoff returner entering the season was All-America wide receiver Greg Herd. But with a knee injury keeping fellow All-America wide receiver Nicholas Edwards out of action, the Eagles elected to have Hill return kickoffs, instead of risking injury to Herd, who already suffered a concussion versus Washington State (9/8/12).

2011: Redshirted.

HS: Graduated from Brookside Christian HS in Stockton, Calif., in 2011. Selected as a first team selection on the 2010 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Small Schools football team as a wide receiver. He was named the Central California Athletic Association’s Offensive MVP. Selected by the Stockton Record to its All-Area first team as a utility player. As a senior in 2010, he rushed for 658 yards and seven touchdowns and had 41 receptions for 1,188 yards (29.0 average per catch) and 17 touchdowns. He helped lead Brookside Christian to a Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI championship, its first in football in school history. Brookside Christian finished 12-1 and advanced to the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV Championship Bowl Game. As a junior running back in 2009, he had 1,390 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns. He ran for at least 200 yards in four games, including 334 yards and five TDs in the section semifinals.

Personal: Major undeclared. Born 5/12/93 in Fremont, Calif. His parents are Parris and Tish Hill.





































Kickoff Returns:
2012/34-912-26.8-1 (long of 99), 2013/30-634-21.1-0 (long of 80); Totals 64-1546-24.2-1 (long of 99)

Top Receiving Performances (3 with 100+)
4 catches, 172 yards, 3 TD – Montana State – 11/9/13
8 catches, 117 yards, 2 TD –  Western Oregon – 9/7/13
3 catches, 112 yards, 1 TD –  Montana – 10/26/13

Shaq Hill Long Plays of 40+ Yards (total of 11)
99 yard KO return (TD) – North Dakota – 10/6/12
93 yard KO return – Illinois State – 12/8/12
86 yard reception (TD from Vernon Adams) – Montana – 10/26/13
80 yard KO return – Idaho State – 11/2/13
76 yard reception (TD from Vernon Adams) – Montana State – 11/9/13
68 yard reception (TD from Vernon Adams) – Montana State – 11/9/13
58 yard reception (TD from Vernon Adams) – Western Oregon – 9/7/13
54 yard reception (TD from Anthony Vitto) – Cal Poly – 11/16/13
53 yard KO return – Sam Houston State – 12/15/12
44 yard reception (TD from Vernon Adams) – Idaho State 11/2/13
41 yard KO return – North Dakota – 10/6/12

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