LSU RB Jeremy Hill remains indefinitely suspended

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

LSU running back Jeremy Hill remains suspended indefinitely, according to head coach Les Miles. (USATSI)
LSU running back Jeremy Hill remains suspended indefinitely, according to coach Les Miles. (USATSI)

LSU running back Jeremy Hill pleaded guilty to a simple battery charge last week, but he remains indefinitely suspended from team activities according to Tigers coach Les Miles.

Miles, speaking on Thursday morning at SEC media days in Hoover, Ala., addressed Hill's status during his opening statement.

"Jeremy Hill has a legal entanglement," Miles said. "At this point in time, he remains indefinitely suspended. I have a track record with really disciplining my team. We go through the same process that all of my guys will go through.

"We're gathering information as we go."

Hill was suspended indefinitely from the team in April after he was accused of punching a 20-year-old man at a Baton Rouge bar and knocking him unconscious. Earlier this week, the sophomore running back was formally charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to two years' probation, 50 hours of community service, must pay $375 for the victim's medical bills and write a letter of apology.

According to Miles, Hill has not been allowed in the football complex since his suspension. However, the coaches have maintained contact with the Baton Rouge native.

"We've visited with Jeremy Hill on a routine basis," Miles said. "He's not been in any team meetings, not been in any workouts. We've not allowed him in our facility. It's been very hard on him, I know.

"Again, we recognize there's an ongoing process that's going to be fulfilled. We're going to sit on the perimeter and watch. We certainly are respectful of all that have responsibility there."

As a freshman, Hill led the Tigers in rushing with 755 yards and 12 touchdowns. A bulk of that production came late in the season, when Hill totaled 684 yards and 10 touchdowns in the final seven games. His emergence provided a noticeable boost to the LSU offense. If Hill is unavailable for any part -- or all -- of the 2013 season, the running back responsibilities will likely fall on junior Kenny Hilliard and senior Alfred Blue with some contributions from senior fullback J.C. Copeland.

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