Trysten Hill
No. 72 – Dallas Cowboys
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1998-03-25) March 25, 1998 (age 23)
Lee, Florida
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:308 lb (140 kg)
Career information
High school:Suwannee (Live Oak, Florida)
College:UCF
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 2 / Pick: 58
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2021
Total tackles:25
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Trysten Hill (born March 25, 1998) is an American football defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Central Florida.

Early years

Hill attended Suwannee High School in Live Oak, Florida, where he played as a defensive end. As a junior, he contributed to the team reaching the state semifinals and received All-area honors.

As a senior, he helped the team reach the FHSAA 5A regional finals and received Florida Class 5A All-State first-team honors. He was rated as a three-star recruit prospect, per ESPN.[1]

College career

Hill originally committed to the Georgia Institute of Technology and then University of Virginia to play college football, before ultimately deciding to enroll at the University of Central Florida (UCF).[2][3] As a true freshman, he started 13 games at defensive end, collecting 15 tackles (5 for loss), one sack, one quarterback hurry and one forced fumble.[4]

As a sophomore, he started 13 games at defensive tackle, posting 20 tackles (4 for loss), 2 sacks and 5 quarterback hurries.

As a junior, it was reported that he fell out of favor with the coaching staff and only started one out of 12 games at defensive tackle. He registered 36 tackles, 3 sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss, while also having 2 carries for one rushing yard and one touchdown. He had 6 tackles, (3 for loss) and 2 sacks against the University of Memphis in the American Athletic Conference championship game. He was a part of a 25-game winning streak that ended against Louisiana State University in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl.[5]

He finished his college career with 71 tackles and six sacks. After his junior season in 2018, he announced his intention to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.[6]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press Wonderlic
6 ft 2+34 in
(1.90 m)
308 lb
(140 kg)
33+38 in
(0.85 m)
10+14 in
(0.26 m)
5.04 s 4.38 s 7.7 s 35 in
(0.89 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
28 reps 23
All values from NFL Combine[7]

Hill was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round (58th overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft.[8] He had an underwhelming season as a backup at the three-technique defensive tackle position. He registered 4 tackles and 3 quarterback pressures in 121 snaps. He was declared inactive in 9 games and appeared in just 3 contests after Week 7.

In 2020, he began the season as the starter at the three-technique defensive tackle position, after Gerald McCoy was lost for the season with a torn quadriceps injury. He generated controversy during the Week 3 game against the Seattle Seahawks due to a tackle on running back Chris Carson, during which Hill twisted Carson's knee after the play had ended, causing a sprain. Later in the same drive, Hill delivered a late, helmet-to-helmet hit on quarterback Russell Wilson, who was uninjured on the play.[9] The league fined Hill $6,522 for each hit respectively, totaling $13,044.[10] In Week 5 against the New York Giants, he tore his right ACL after pushing quarterback Daniel Jones and trying to hold him up to avoid a possible roughing the passer penalty. On October 19, he was placed on the injured reserve list.[11] He started the first 5 games, while posting 14 tackles (one for loss) and 4 quarterback pressures.

On August 31, 2021, Hill was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list to start the season.[12] He was activated on November 13.[13] He was suspended one game after punching Raiders guard John Simpson in a postgame altercation after the Cowboys Week 12 loss to Las Vegas.[14]

References

  1. ^ "Trysten Hill - 2018 - Football". UCF Athletics. Retrieved 2022-01-05.
  2. ^ Carvell, Michael (June 23, 2015). "Florida lineman is commit No. 5 for Georgia Tech". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  3. ^ Green, Shannon (August 8, 2016). "Rookie UCF DL Trysten Hill 'proud' to be mentored by Jamiyus Pittman". Capital Gazette. Retrieved 28 April 2020 – via Orlando Sentinel.
  4. ^ Green, Shannon (September 28, 2016). "UCF defense helped by consistent play of rookie lineman Trysten Hill". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  5. ^ Hays, Chris (December 30, 2018). "UCF defensive lineman Trysten Hill eager to continue resurgence in Fiesta Bowl". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  6. ^ Hays, Chris (January 2, 2019). "UCF defensive lineman Trysten Hill declares for NFL draft hours after Fiesta Bowl loss". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  7. ^ "NFL Draft & Combine Profile - Trysten Hill". NFL.com. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  8. ^ "The Dallas Cowboys select Trysten Hill with the 58th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft". Blogging The Boys. April 26, 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Cowboys' Trysten Hill called "dirty" player for twisting Chris Carson's knee". 105.3 The Fan. September 27, 2020. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
  10. ^ "Trysten Hill fined for twisting Chris Carson's leg". Pro Football Talk. October 3, 2020. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  11. ^ "Cowboys' Trysten Hill: Officially lands on IR". CBSSports.com. October 19, 2020. Retrieved November 1, 2020.
  12. ^ Phillips, Rob (August 31, 2021). "Cowboys Make 28 Moves; Roster Cut Down To 53". DallasCowboys.com.
  13. ^ Alper, Josh (November 13, 2021). "Cowboys activate Michael Gallup, Trysten Hill". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  14. ^ Gordon, Grant (November 29, 2021). "Cowboys DT Trysten Hill suspended two games for punch following game vs. Raiders". NFL.com.