Wes Hills
No. 34 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1995-06-05) June 5, 1995 (age 26)
Wildwood, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school:Wildwood (Wildwood, New Jersey)
College:Delaware
Slippery Rock (PA)
Undrafted:2019
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:American
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Rushing yards:21
Rushing average:2.1
Rushing touchdowns:2
Receptions:2
Receiving yards:1
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Wesley Ed Hills (born June 5, 1995) is an American football running back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football for Delaware and Slippery Rock (PA).

Early years

Hills attended and played high school football at Wildwood High School.[1][2]

College career

Delaware

As a true freshman in 2013, Hills played in all 12 games for the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team. He had 10 rushing attempts for 81 yards and a touchdown. He had 172 carries for 952 yards and six touchdowns, along with nine receptions for 53 yards in 2014. In the first game of the 2015 season, he had 16 carries for 88 yards before suffering a season-ending foot injury in the game.[3]

In 2016, he played in seven games with five starts at running back and had 88 carries for 728 yards and seven touchdowns. In a game against Maine on October 8, he rushed for a career-high 242 yards and two touchdowns and was named Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts.[4] He missed most of five games during the season with an injury. He earned third-team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors on November 22, 2016.[5] Hills was declared academically ineligible for the 2017 season on August 2, 2017.[6]

Slippery Rock

Hills transferred to Division II Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania on February 7, 2018,[7] after his Division I eligibility expired. In 2018, he had 246 carries for 1,714 yards and had 28 receptions for 193 yards.[8] His 1,714 rushing yards broke the single-season school record for rushing yards. Hills earned first-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division honors on November 14, 2018.[9] He was named to the second-team Associated Press Division II All-America team on December 12, 2018.[10]

Hills was selected to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on January 19, 2019, and, after rushing for 78 yards and a touchdown, was named most valuable player.[11] He was also selected to play in the 2019 Senior Bowl on January 26, 2019, and he had two carries for 22 yards in the game before leaving with an injury.[12]

Professional career

Arizona Cardinals

Hills signed a three-year, $1.75 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent on May 10, 2019.[13][8] He was waived with an injury settlement during final roster cuts on August 31, 2019.[14]

Detroit Lions

On October 9, 2019, Hills was signed to the Detroit Lions' practice squad.[15] He was released from the practice squad on October 19, but re-signed to the practice squad on October 23.[16] He was promoted to the active roster on December 14, 2019.[17] He scored his first two career touchdowns on one-yard runs in a 38–17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 15, 2019.[18] Hills was waived on August 17, 2020,[19] but re-signed with the team three days later.[20] He was waived on September 5, 2020.[21]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Hills signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL on March 12, 2021.[22]

References

  1. ^ Raven, Benjamin. "Wildwood's Wes Hills nearly brought to tears upon learning of start after long journey to NFL". Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "Lions promote Wildwood's Wes Hills to active roster • Coast Sports Today". Coast Sports Today. December 14, 2019. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  3. ^ Tresolini, Kevin (August 29, 2016). "Delaware's Hills at top of his game". DelawareOnline.com. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  4. ^ "Delaware's Wes Hills Named Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week". BlueHens.com. October 10, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  5. ^ Washburn, Rob (November 22, 2016). "CAA Football Announces Post-Season Award Winners". CAASports.com. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  6. ^ Tresolini, Kevin (August 2, 2017). "Hills, Spears will not return to UD football team". DelawareOnline.com. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  7. ^ Russo, John (February 9, 2018). "Wildwood's Wes Hills to play for D-II Slippery Rock". PressOfAtlanticCity.com. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  8. ^ a b McManaman, Bob (May 14, 2019). "Wes Hills' unlikely journey to the NFL and the Arizona Cardinals". AZCentral.com. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  9. ^ "Edinboro's Fletcher Claims PSAC Football Western Division Athlete of the Year Recognition; All-Conference Teams Released". PSACSports.org. November 14, 2018. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  10. ^ Russo, Ralph D. (December 12, 2018). "Ferris State's Campbell leads AP D-II All-America team". APNews.com. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  11. ^ Holtz, Jon (January 19, 2019). "Hills named MVP of NFLPA Collegiate Bowl". RockAthletics.com. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  12. ^ Holtz, Jon (January 26, 2019). "Hills shines in limited touches at Senior Bowl". RockAthletics.com. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  13. ^ Urban, Darren (May 10, 2019). "As Rookies Sign, Cardinals Make Handful Of Roster Cuts". AZCardinals.com. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  14. ^ Odegard, Kyle (August 31, 2019). "After Cuts, Cardinals Arrive At Initial Roster". AZCardinals.com. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  15. ^ "Lions sign free agent RB Wes Hills to practice squad". DetroitLions.com. October 9, 2019. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  16. ^ "Lions sign RB Paul Perkins to active roster". DetroitLions.com. October 23, 2019. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  17. ^ "Lions sign RB Wes Hills and T Dan Skipper to active roster from practice squad". DetroitLions.com. December 14, 2019. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  18. ^ "Winston throws 4 TDs, helps Buccaneers beat Lions 38-17". www.espn.com. Associated Press. December 15, 2019. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  19. ^ "Lions sign free agent RB Jonathan Williams". www.detroitlions.com. August 17, 2020. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  20. ^ "Lions announce roster moves". DetroitLions.com. August 20, 2020. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  21. ^ "Lions announce roster moves". DetroitLions.com. September 5, 2020.
  22. ^ "Tiger-Cats add five Americans to roster". TiCats.ca. March 12, 2021. Retrieved March 12, 2021.