Miles reinstates LSU RB Hill

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
LSU running back Jeremy Hill rushes against Ole Miss last season. Hill was reinstated by coach Les Miles on Monday after an indefinite suspension.
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BATON ROUGE – LSU went through its first day of preseason camp on Monday as the Tigers held a pair of split-squad workouts here at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

Monday's sessions, which had the Tigers in shorts, jerseys and helmets, featured the veterans and selected newcomers practicing in the morning followed by the rookies along with other squad members working out in the afternoon.

"It is the best way to teach," football head coach Les Miles said of having some of the newcomers workout during the morning session with the veterans.

The Tigers will continue to hold split-squad practices through Thursday with Friday serving as the first full squad workout.

Monday also saw the return of sophomore running back Jeremy Hill to the squad. Hill, who has been on indefinite suspending stemming from an off-campus incident during the spring, practiced during the afternoon session. Hill has been cleared to return to practice and team activities, but Miles said he is still subject to additional punishment.

Hill and Miles meet with the media following the afternoon session.

"I made a poor choice in judgment," Hill said. "But since then I've learned from that mistake."

Hill was suspended from the team after he punched a fellow student outside a Tigerland bar in April. He pleaded guilty to simple battery last month but faced up to six months in jail for violating probation in a 2012 case in which he pleaded guilty as a high school senior to carnal knowledge of a minor.

"We can all document this thing pretty well," Miles said. "We immediately punished (Hill). He was immediately suspended from the team. He went through public ridicule. We waited for the legal system to act."

Earlier in the day, Hill was given 40 hours of community service at the Bishop Ott Center added to probation already received for pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2010.

Hill, then 18, was accused of engaging in a sexual act with a 14-year-old girl in the Redemptorist High School locker room.

LSU kicks off its season Aug. 31 against TCU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.