Overview: K.J. Hill is not only a tough receiver and a veteran receiver, but he is also the leading receiver on the team with 74 career catches and 811 receiving yards … a fourth-year performer with junior eligibility, Hill has played in 25 games the past two seasons and has started four times … he is coming off a fine sophomore campaign when he led the team in receptions with 56 and was second in yards with 549 … he led all the receivers last year with 10 game “champion” honors, as determined by the OSU coaching staff, including following the huge wins vs. Penn State, Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game … had a career-best 12 receptions – the fourth-highest total in school history – and 102 receiving yards in the dramatic, come-from-behind win over Penn State … this coming one week after his previous career bests with seven receptions for 80 yards and two touchdowns in the win at Nebraska … dependable, Hill also was the team’s primary punt returner with 26 returns for 144 yards (5.5 average) … after red-shirting the 2015 season, Hill had a productive 2016 campaign, just missing a 20-catch season but leading the Ohio State receivers (10 or more catches) with a 14.6 yards-per-reception average … he played in 11 of 13 games in 2016, missing two with an ankle injury … he is majoring in communications.
Notable Note: Hill has caught a pass in 20 consecutive games, dating to the 2016 game at Penn State. In those 20 games, Hill has caught 71 passes for 743 yards.
More on K.J.: Coming out of high school Hill was a consensus 4-star receiver who was named a U.S. Army All-American after an outstanding senior season for coach Brad Bolding … he helped the Charging Wildcats to an 11-2 season and to the second round of the Arkansas state 7A playoffs, catching 58 passes for 1,023 yards and 11 touchdowns plus rushing for 386 yards and seven more scores … he had 63 catches for 1,143 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior as North Little Rock advanced to the state playoffs … the No. 1 player in the state, Hill was also considered a Top 20 receiver with a No. 16 rating by ESPN and 247Sports and a No. 18 rating by Rivals … was rated among the Top 150 players in the nation by all the rating services, including No. 153 on the ESPN 300 … advanced to the 7-on-7 finals at The Opening … a highly regarded basketball player.