Transfer Tyreek Hill put the nation on notice with an impressive first game for Oklahoma State against Florida State last weekend in Arlington, Texas.
In his first game wearing the orange and black, Hill showed fans why he has quickly become known as “the freak.”
The 5-foot-10 junior from Pearson, Georgia finished the game with 44 yards rushing on eight carries, 62 yards receiving on six catches, 140 yards on six kickoff returns and 32 yards on two punt returns. Total, Hill touched the ball 22 times for 278 all-purpose yards.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was not only impressed with his performance, but also how the junior college transfer was used.
“I thought our offensive staff did a good job using him,” Gundy. “We’ve thought a lot about it since the spring. He has speed. We’ve confirmed that because the guys chasing him were fast.”
Speed is nothing new to Hill. In high school, he clocked in a time of 10.19 as a personal best in the 100-meter dash.
Oklahoma State’s newest offensive threat has already started receiving lots of praise from across the nation, including Grantland.com, which compared Hill to “some sort of celestial being.”
Even Big 12 opponents are already worried about having to stop the Cowboy’s speedster.
“Somebody sent me some of his highlights on Sunday and I was like, ‘Wow, I really don’t want to try and catch this guy.’ He was doin’ Florida State dirty,” an unnamed Big 12 defender told Fox Sports Southwest.
The Baylor Bears, known for their speed in recent years, are also concerned with Hill’s speed.
“Oh yes, oh yeah. I saw him. Doesn’t he run track? I didn’t know who he was at first, but the offensive coordinator was talking about how fast No. 24 was. He said he was the fastest dude he’d ever seen in his life.” An unnamed Baylor cornerback said.
Oklahoma State and Gundy are happy Hill has so far lived up to all the hype surrounding him, and have a plan for how to use him for the rest of the season.
“What we’re hoping for is that if he breaks through the initial front line, he’s gone,” Gundy said. “It’s hard to catch him. We haven’t really had that type of player in a while. We’re hoping he brings that to our offense.”
Hill and the rest of the Cowboys return to the field this Saturday for the home opener against Missouri State. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m from Boone Pickens Stadium.