Oct 10, 2020; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs running back Kylin Hill (8) catches a ball against the Kentucky Wildcats in the second half at Kroger Field. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

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Mississippi State RB Hill opts out of season

Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill announced Tuesday that he has opted out of the season and will concentrate on preparing for the NFL draft.

There had been heavy speculation that the 2019 All-SEC selection was opting out after he had his role reduced under new coach Mike Leach.

“2020 has been an unprecedented year, filled with uncertainty due to a pandemic that has forced all of us to adapt as best as possible,” Hill said in an announcement he posted to his various social media accounts. “With that, and after much prayer and discussion with my family, I have decided to opt out for the remainder of the season and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft. This has been an incredibly difficult decision, but one that I feel is best for me at this time.”

Hill rushed for 1,350 yards and 10 touchdowns last season and initially entered the 2020 NFL Draft before electing to return to the Bulldogs.

But this season, he carried the ball just 15 times for 58 yards in three games. He was heavily utilized as a receiver with 23 receptions for 237 yards and a touchdown.

Hill last played for Mississippi State on Oct. 10 against Kentucky and has missed the past two games. He sat out the Oct. 17 game against Texas A&M for undisclosed reasons and reports later emerged that he was suspended for the contest due to a verbal outburst following the 24-2 loss to Kentucky a week earlier.

On Monday, Leach said he hadn’t recently spoken to Hill, who was still listed on the football roster.

“I haven’t heard anything from him,” Leach told reporters. “The last I heard is what I told you last time. I heard he was opting out. I haven’t heard anything further and I haven’t spoken with him.”

Hill had kind words for Leach on social media.

“My family was hit with Covid bad and my brother recently had brain surgery & also got Covid including my mom,” he wrote. “Want to Thank Coach Leach for giving me time to myself and understanding my situation & how stressed out I was about it which he never rushed me.”

Hill concludes his Mississippi State career with 2,535 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. He also caught 67 passes for 631 yards and six scores.

“These last 3 1/2 years have been some of the best years of my life and I will never forget my time here in Starkville,” Hill said. “Mississippi will always be my home. We’ve made history together, both on and off the field, and as we move on to the next level, that work will only continue.”

Hill created some headlines in the offseason when he threatened to boycott the season if Mississippi didn’t change its flag, which contained a symbol of the Confederacy. The state eventually voted to change the flag.

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