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GSU corner Hill has got the tools

GSU corner Hill has got the tools

GSU corner Hill has got the tools

Carson Hill (24) lifts his helmet in ...


    If Carson Hill is lacking in anything it is not self confidence.
    It would be difficult to find someone who has more confidence in their ability than the Georgia Southern cornerback.
    Last Saturday Hill, a senior from Baldwin County, justified that confidence with the finest game of his career in the Eagles’ 13-7 loss at Navy, a game much closer than anticipated.
    Georgia Southern’s defense turned in an excellent performance as it limited Navy to 193 yards total offense, 63 in the second half with 44 of those coming on one pass play.
    The Midshipmen rushed for 412 yards in a 17-14 loss to Maryland in their opener, but found the going much tougher against the Eagles. Navy averaged 2.5 yards per attempt, gaining 109 yards on 43 attempts.
    “What a terrific game that kid played,” said Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken about Hill. “He made some good plays —  he made plays breaking up passes, and he made plays coming up to make good tackles.
    “He had the one missed tackle on the opening kickoff,” Monken said. “He had the guy in his arms, and let the guy break the tackle.
    “I don’t think he did anything wrong after that.”
    Hill is in his fourth year as a starter for the Eagles although he missed last year due to academic difficulties. The younger brother of Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill, Jr., he was recruited by Brian Van Gorder and started six games as a true freshman including the final three of the season.
    As a sophomore, he started the first seven games before suffering a knee injury that shelved him for the season, and then he played in all 11 games as a junior, starting seven, before missing 2009.   
    Missing last year has been somewhat of a blessing in that Hill returned bigger and stronger, and more mature.
    Hill had five tackles and broke up two passes against the Midshipmen. In a little more than one half in the opener against Savannah State he had four tackles including one for a loss.
    While he firmly believes in his abilities Hill also strongly believes the Eagles can have a better season than forecast if continue to play at the same level at which they played against the Middies.
    “I thought I played exceptional,” said Hill, “but I’m not satisfied, especially since we didn’t get the win.
    “As a cornerback I pride myself on tackling,” Hill said. “A lot of people say corners are soft, but as a defensive player you have to be able to do it all. I take pride in that I’m not afraid to tackle
    “It was a bittersweet loss because at the end of the day the defense had played to its ability. Even though it was only the second game of the season we played a great game against one of the top rushing attacks in the country.”
    Georgia Southern (1-1) will attempt to build on the momentum it gained against Navy when it plays Coastal Carolina (0-2) at 6 p.m. Saturday at Conway, S.C.
    The Chanticleers will be playing their home opener and are coming off a heartbreaking 47-45 five overtime loss at Towson after leading 28-14 in the fourth period. They lost their opener at West Virginia, 31-0.
    “Coastal Carolina is a good team,” Hill said. “I’ve played them twice, and they were both close games. We can’t go up there and take it easy on them.
    “The offense will be well prepared,” Hill said. “On defense we’ve got to be as aggressive as we can be.
    “We’re going from Navy to Coastal Carolina, but we can’t let up.”

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