2018 NFL Draft

Ronnie Hillman, RB

School: San Diego State  |  Conference: MWC
College Experience: Sophomore  |  Hometown: La Habra, CA
Height/Weight: 5-09 / 200 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Broncos' picks: Round 3/67 -- Ronnie Hillman, RB, 5-9, 200, San Diego State...Denver traded up to take Hillman, dealing its fourth-round pick (No. 120 overall) to move up 20 slots for the speedy back, who is expected to split time with incumbent Willis McGahee and could push out Knowshon Moreno. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - With Lamar Miller of Miami (Fla.) and Utah State's Robert Turbin still on the board when the third round began, the Broncos' decision to trade up 20 picks spurred speculation that one of those two running backs was about to be a Bronco. Right idea, wrong name. Denver opted for 5-9, 200-pound Ronnie Hillman, a prolific running back who racked up 3,243 rushing yards the last two seasons for San Diego State and clocked a 4.45 40-yard dash time, but saw his stock depressed by concerns that his frame wouldn't stand up to the pounding. While the Broncos had extensively met with some prospects like Osweiler and Turbin, Hillman hadn't heard much from Denver in the months leading up to the draft. "I was very surprised," said Hillman, who acknowledged he had a?onot that much" contact with the Broncos prior to the draft. Hillman's skill set doesn't fit in with what John Fox has usually sought from runners he's added in the first three rounds of the draft; in Carolina he drafted big bruisers like DeShaun Foster, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. But Peyton Manning's presence has a way of changing an offense -- and it made Hillman -- some 35 pounds lighter than starter Willis McGahee -- a more attractive option. "We wanted to give that big play threat to Peyton to be able to get the ball in his hands and let him move," Elway said. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - RB Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State -- Hillman left SDSU with a few records once owned by Marshall Faulk. He is surprisingly effective inside but doesn't have ideal bulk. He does add a needed breakaway threat to an offense that shouldn't rely on Willis McGahee (age) or Knowshon Moreno (injuries, ineffectiveness) much longer.

01/04/2012 - San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman is forgoing his final two years of eligibility to enter the 2012 NFL Draft. The redshirt sophomore told the San Diego Times-Union that he received feedback from the NFL Advisory Committee that he could be selected as high as the third round. "Yes I will be declaring this year," he told the paper. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Hillman is the second redshirt sophomore running back to declare for the 2012 draft, joining Miami's Lamar Miller. Hillman is the No. 9-rated running back prospect for the 2014 class by NFLDraftScout.com, and will join an increasingly loaded class at the position in April. Hillman does make the leap after two highly productive seasons. He rushed for 1,532 yards and 17 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman and 1,711 and 19 touchdowns this season. He hasn't been highly involved in the passing game, with 33 career receptions for 338 yards and two scores. He closed out his career with just 55 yards on 24 carries in San Diego State's 32-30 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette in the R+L carriers New Orleans Bowl. Along with Miller, Washington's Chris Polk has already said he's leaving, and fellow juniors Trent Richardson from Alabama and Virginia Tech's David Wilson could soon follow suit, as could Wisconsin's Montee Ball and Oregon's LaMichael James, all Top 100 prospects by NFLDraftScout.com along with seniors Doug Martin from Boise State and Isaiah Pead from Cincinnati. - NFLDraftScout.com

01/04/2012 - San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman said he will be declaring for the NFL Draft and leaving school after his sophomore college season. He recently received feedback from the NFL that said he could be selected around the third round in April's draft if he left school early. "Yes I will be declaring this year," he said in a message to UT San Diego. Hillman was one of two underclassmen who had requested feedback from the NFL on their potential draft stock this year if they left school early. The other was junior cornerback Leon McFadden, who will return to SDSU for his senior season after being projected as a fifth-round choice or later. McFadden decided not to leave unless he was projected as a first- or second-round pick, according to his father Leon Sr. In McFadden's case, he believes he can improve his stock with another year of college. With Hillman, it would not have been as easy to improve his stock from a third-round projection after two monster years at SDSU. - Brent Schrotenboe, The San Diego Union-Tribune

12/17/2011 - Scouting the San Diego State running game: The Aztecs have one of the best RBs in the nation in sophomore Ronnie Hillman, who ranks third with an average of 138.0 rushing yards per game. SDSU, however, is trying to get backup Adam Muema up to speed after sophomore backup Walter Kazee suffered a season-ending knee injury. Muema, a true freshman, got only a pair of carries against Fresno State in the regular-season finale. The Aztecs may just ride Hillman until he can't go anymore. SDSU will face a Louisiana-Lafayette defense that is average against the run, ranking 55th in the nation, allowing 144.5 yards per game. - The Sports Xchange

12/17/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Ronnie Hillman finished the regular season as the No. 3 leading rusher in the country with an average of 138.0 yards per game, and that included a three-carry, 8-yard performance against Boise State this season. Hillman is the key to the Aztecs' offense and is a big-play threat any time he touches the ball. Hillman has 20 TDs this season and has scored on a 99-yard run and a 71-yard TD pass. Hillman still showed a slight limp from a sprained ankle between plays on Dec. 3 against Fresno State. The Aztecs expect him to be close to 100 percent for the bowl game. - The Sports Xchange

12/10/2011 - 2011 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Ronnie Hillman, So., San Diego State, has been selected All-Mountain West Conference First Teamfor the 2011 college football season as voted on by the eight head coaches and select media panel. Hillman picked up his second straight first-team honor after setting a conference record with 1,656 rushing yards on 287 carries to go along with 19 touchdowns. The sophomore ranks third nationally in rushing yards per game (138.0), 11th in all-purpose yards per game (156.4) and 12th in points per game (12.00). Hillman's 1,656 rushing yards are the second most in school history, eclipsing each of NFL and Aztec Hall-of-Fame member Marshall Faulk three seasons, and trailing only George Jones' 1,842 yards set during the 1995 campaign. Hillman has nine, 100-yard rushing games and six, 150-yard contests in 2011, both of which have tied a school record. Additionally, his 19 rushing touchdowns are the fourth-most in a season in school history. - San Diego State football

12/07/2011 - San Diego State has requested feedback from the NFL on where two of its top underclassemen might be selected in the NFL draft if they left school early to turn pro after this season. Sophomore running back Ronnie Hillman and junior cornerback Leon McFadden have not made decisions about leaving school early. SDSU submitted the paperwork on their behalf to help both players make a more informed choice. Underclassmen face a Jan. 15 deadline to declare for the NFL Draft in April. "It's out there, and everybody's waiting to see," Hillman said. "It'll be a while before I decide that one." Hillman is eligible for the NFL draft as a sophomore because he is three years removed from high school. He ranks third nationally in rushing with 138 yards per game. McFadden leads the team with 12 pass break-ups this year. He has built a reputation for being able to take away nearly half a field of receiver options for opposing quarterbacks. The Aztecs are 11-2 the last two years when Hillman has rushed for at least 110 yards. "It's a good problem to have because it means we're recruiting some of the right guys," SDSU head coach Rocky Long said. Long said his policy is to talk to all underclassmen who have a possibility of getting drafted. He then has the paperwork submitted on their behalf, with the hope of receiving feedback by early January. "I'm sure he'll get drafted," head coach Rocky Long said of Hillman. - Brent Schrotenboer, The San Diego Union-Tribune

11/27/2011 - Ronnie Hillman ran for 192 yards and two touchdowns to lead San Diego State to a 31-14 victory over UNLV on Saturday night. The Rebels (2-9, 1-5 Mountain West) were up 14-7 at halftime after Tim Cornett ran for two touchdowns, including one for 54 yards. But the Aztecs (7-4, 4-3) came back in the second half, tying it on a pass from Ryan Lindley to Colin Lockett midway through the third quarter and going ahead for good on a field goal by Abelardo Perez about 7 minutes later. Cornett finished with 136 yards on 14 carries for UNLV. Lindley completed 13 of 29 throws for 152 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. - AP Sports

11/05/2011 - Walter Kazee ran for a career-high three touchdowns as San Diego State cruised to a 35-7 win over New Mexico on Saturday night. Ronnie Hillman, the FBS's leading rusher, ran for 141 yards and a touchdown for the Aztecs (5-3, 2-2 Mountain West). The Lobos (0-9, 0-4), one of only two winless FBS teams, stretched their losing streak to 12 games. New Mexico's last win came Nov. 6, 2010 against Wyoming. Kazee, who entered with five career rushing TDs, had never scored more than one in a game. Hillman, who came in averaging 151 yards per game, scored on a 1-yard run. Chad Young added a 3-yard scoring run for the Aztecs. San Diego State's five rushing touchdowns were its most in more than 15 years. Ryan Lindley completed 16 of 24 passes for 271 yards as the Aztecs gained 486 yards. The Lobos had just 162 yards of offense. - AP Sports

10/31/2011 - WEEK 9 MOUNTAIN WEST CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State, Sophomore, Running Back: Ronnie Hillman, the nation's leading rusher (151.0 ypg), carried the ball 25 times for 224 yards and two touchdowns in San Diego State's 30-27 loss to Wyoming. His 99-yard touchdown in the third quarter is the longest rush in the nation in 2011 and is also the longest in MW history. Hillman, who also had a 71-yard touchdown reception, finished with a career-high 305 all-purpose yards, establishing a new MW single-game record for most all-purpose yards in a Conference contest. - Mountain West football

10/17/2011 - WEEK 7 MOUNTAIN WEST CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State, Sophomore, Running Back: Ronnie Hillman rushed 27 times for 172 yards and two touchdowns in San Diego State's 41-27 win at Air Force. It was the Aztec's first victory in Colorado Springs since 2004. He scored on runs of 22 and 57 yards and averaged 6.4 yards per carry. Both of his touchdowns came in the final period after the game was tied with 2:30 remaining in the third quarter. It was Hillman's fifth 100-yard rushing game in six outings this season and 11th of his career. - Mountain West football

10/14/2011 - Ronnie Hillman scored on 22- and 57-yard runs in the fourth quarter and San Diego State survived a series of trick plays figuring in two Air Force scores to pull away for a 41-27 victory Thursday night. Hillman shook off a late fumble to finish with 172 yards on 27 carries, the sophomore running back's 11th 100-yard performance in 18 career games. They include a 191-yard effort last year in a 27-25 victory over Air Force in San Diego. Ryan Lindley threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, including a go-ahead 28-yard score to Colin Lockett late in the third quarter to help San Diego State (4-2, 1-1 Mountain West) bounce back from successive losses. The Aztecs are off to their best start since 1977, when they began the season 5-1. Tim Jefferson had touchdown passes of 18 and 26 yards to Jonathan Warzeka among his 22 completions in 36 attempts for 224 yards for Air Force (3-3, 0-2). - AP Sports

10/13/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Backup RB Walter Kazee did an admirable job in the second half last week against TCU, but the Aztecs need starter Ronnie Hillman to bounce back from his 55-yard performance against the Horned Frogs for SDSU to score enough points at Air Force. And QB Ryan Lindley must find a way to increase his production, as his backups have yet to play this season. One positive for the Aztecs is the fact that the Falcons rank last among the 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools in rushing defense at 235.2 yards allowed per game. Air Force's problems in stopping the run should be encouraging for both Hillman and Lindley, who must work together to get the Aztecs out of their slump. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - LOOKING GOOD: Hillman proved last season he can be a dangerous featured RB because of his elusive style, having led the Mountain West Conference in rushing. But what impressed coach Rocky Long during the Washington State victory was Hillman's ability to move the pile on inside runs. Hillman added 10 pounds to his 5-foot-10 frame in the offseason to get to 190 pounds. "When he was corralled in there, he put his shoulders down and his helmet down and moved the piles forward," Long told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I thought he showed power today that he didn't have last year." - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - SDSU continued an impressive array of streaks. It has won five straight (dating to last season) for the first time since 1995. The Aztecs have won eight straight against Top 25 teams, which is the longest streak since 1977 when the team won 16 in a row. SDSU has scored at least 14 points in the first quarter for seven consecutive games, but it trailed for the first time this season. Did someone mention the word, "Heisman?" RB Ronnie Hillman ranks second in the nation in rushing yards, averaging 165.7 yards per game and has scored eight TDs. Hillman suddenly is on the periphery of the Heisman Trophy talk. When asked whether he has heard any of the hype, Hillman told the San Diego Union-Tribune, "If you don't win, you don't get it. It's really about this and how we won." - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: San Diego State at Michigan, Sept. 24 - The Midwest hasn't been friendly to the Aztecs, but it hasn't been exactly doom and gloom either. The Aztecs lost 27-24 at Missouri last season, at Notre Dame 21-13 in 2008, 14-0 at Wisconsin in 2006, 27-6 at Ohio State in 2005 and 24-21 at Michigan in 2004. SDSU coach Rocky Long has to get his team to realize that losing respectably isn't the goal in 2011. KEYS TO THE GAME: Michigan should have more talent overall than San Diego State, so the Aztecs have to counter by controlling the clock. Fortunately, RB Ronnie Hillman has been more than capable of doing that since he burst onto the scene as a freshman last season. SDSU can't get into a shootout with the Wolverines, or else its defense will wear down quickly; the Aztecs don't have enough weapons around Hillman to get into a high-scoring shootout. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Just because Michigan coach Brady Hoke knows how good a runner SDSU's Ronnie Hillman is doesn't mean that he can devise a plan to stop the Aztecs RB. Wolverine opponents are averaging 167.0 rushing yards, and Hoke knows too well that if he concentrates solely on Hillman, QB Ryan Lindley could have open targets downfield. Michigan will try to stop Hillman without putting any extra defenders in the box. If it can play straight-up defense, the Aztecs will be hard-pressed to score points. But if Hillman has a big day, the momentum can snowball in San Diego State's favor. - The Sports Xchange

09/19/2011 - WEEK 3 MOUNTAIN WEST CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State, Sophomore, Running Back, rushed for 191 yards on a career-high 32 carries and scored four touchdowns in San Diego State's 42-24 win over Washington State. The victory gave San Diego State its first 3-0 start in 30 years. Hillman's rushing total was the best by a MW player this year and ranks as the seventh-highest total nationally through the first three weeks of the season. His four touchdowns tied his previous career high and are tied for fifth in SDSU history. Hillman recorded his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game dating back to the last season. It also marked his eighth career game of at least 150 yards rushing. - Mountain West football

09/18/2011 - Ronnie Hillman ran for 191 yards and four touchdowns to lead San Diego State to a 3-0 record for the first time in 30 years with a 42-24 win over Washington State on Saturday. Hillman scored on runs of 13 and 12 yards in the first half before scoring on a 1-yard dash to give San Diego State a 28-24 lead nearly five minutes into the fourth quarter. Hillman then added a 59-yard TD run at the 7:26 mark. The last Hillman touchdown came one play after linebacker Rob Andrews recovered a fumble by Washington State quarterback Marshall Lobbestael at the 36-yard line with 7:36 left. Lobbestael threw touchdown passes of 80 and 78 yards to Marquess Wilson for Washington State (2-1). Lobbestael, who took over for injured starter Jeff Tuel in the first game of the season, completed 20 of 42 passes for 368 yards with three TDs and two interceptions. All of Loebbestael's turnovers came in the final 7 1/2 minutes of the game. The win snapped the Aztecs' 19-game losing streak against Pac-12 schools. - AP Sports

09/10/2011 - Ronnie Hillman rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns to lead San Diego State to a 23-20 win over Army on Saturday. San Diego State (2-0, 0-0 Mountain West) clinched the win on Abelardo Perez's 42-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Aztecs quarterback Ryan Lindley was 8-of-18 through the air, including a 68-yard strike to Colin Lockett just 33 seconds into the game. Trent Steelman ran for a career-high 157 yards and scored three touchdowns for Army (0-2). But the Cadets committed eight fumbles, losing three. Malcolm Brown added 77 yards on the ground for the Cadets. The game, attended by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as West Point remembered the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, was the first matchup of the two schools. - AP Sports

09/07/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: San Diego State at Army, Sept. 10. - The biggest task for the Aztecs may be to get themselves prepared for what amounts to a 9 a.m. starting time on the West Coast. And remembering the media slogan the U.S. Army came up with in the 1980s, "We do more before 9 a.m. than most people do all day," means that SDSU may be playing catch-up in execution early in the game. KEYS TO THE GAME: Besides the rooster-crowing start time for the Aztecs, they also must ignore the pomp and circumstance of the cadets at the game. Coach Rocky Long usually puts his defense on the field first, but he might consider trotting out the offense and RB Ronnie Hillman to seize control of the game's tempo. As long as SDSU doesn't commit turnovers to give Army excessive momentum, it should be fine. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Ronnie Hillman - The sophomore now has a game under his belt and knows how to keep himself hydrated a bit better after he began cramping in the season-opener. Hillman still rushed for 189 yards and two TDs. Army allowed 6.1 yards per rush in its season-opener against Northern Illinois. - The Sports Xchange

09/03/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Ronnie Hillman is the reigning rushing champion in the Mountain West Conference. Coach Rocky Long had a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his last seven seasons at New Mexico, and his preference for physical football could mean a potential 2,000-yard season for Hillman. - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: Sophomore RB Ronnie Hillman will be able to make up for a lot of offensive deficiencies if he gets into open space. Hillman is a threat to go the distance any time he touches the ball, and if the Aztecs can get him the ball with room to roam, they won't have to take as many chances which could lead to turnovers or little time of possession. - The Sports Xchange

08/11/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL TEAM (MEDIA): RB Ronnie Hillman, So., San Diego State, has been selected to the Preseason All-Mountain West Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by members of the Mountain West Conference media. Hillman, a first-team all-league pick as a freshman, is on the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award (college player of the year), Walter Camp Award (college player of the year) and Doak Walker Award (top running back). He finished the 2010 campaign as the nation's 10th-leading rusher and led the freshman class with 1,532 yards. A native of La Habra, Calif., Hillman produced six games with at least 150 yards rushing, including two 228-yard efforts, to earn Mountain West Freshman-of-the-Year accolades. - San Diego State football

07/19/2011 - 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State, Sophomore, has been named one of 40 players selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Preseason Watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 120 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 8. The 5-10 running back is among 40 players on the national list and is one of three athletes nominated from the Mountain West. Hillman rushed for 1,532 yards and 17 touchdowns a year ago en route to earning freshman All-America and conference freshman-of-the-year honors. The La Habra, Calif., native ran for more than 150 yards six times in 2010, including a career high of 228 yards at No. 25 Missouri and vs. Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl. Hillman led the Mountain West in rushing and ranked first among all freshmen (10th overall) nationally in that category. - San Diego State football

07/19/2011 - 2011 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Ronnie Hillman (So.), San Diego State, has been named one of 52 running backs selected to the 2011 Doak Walker Award Preseason Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back. Hillman rushed for 1,532 yards and 17 touchdowns a year ago en route to earning freshman All-America and conference freshman-of-the-year honors. The 5-10 running back ran for more than 150 yards six times in 2010, including a career high of 228 yards at No. 25 Missouri and vs. Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl. Hillman led the Mountain West in rushing and ranked first among all freshmen (10th overall) nationally in that category. Hillman is the first Aztec to be named a candidate since Lynell Hamilton in both 2004 and 2005. Larry Ned was voted a semifinalist for the award in 2001 after rushing for 1,549 yards and scoring 15 touchdowns during his senior year. - San Diego State football

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State, RB, Soph., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. One of just 11 sophomores on this season's watch list, Hillman rushed for 1,532 yards and 17 touchdowns a year ago en route to freshman All-America and conference freshman-of-the-year honors. The 5-10 running back ran for more than 150 yards six times in 2010, including a career high of 228 yards at No. 25 Missouri and vs. Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl. The La Habra, Calif., native led the Mountain West in rushing and ranked first among all freshmen (10th overall) nationally in that category. - San Diego State football