August 23, 2007

Gordon & Hill: Returners big and small

With the season set to kick off in nine days,Richard Gordon and Ryan Hill told CaneSport today that they will be the opening kick returners.

"It's going to be fun," Hill said. "I'm just trying to figure out who they're going to kick it to - either way we feel we're a threat. If Richard gets it ... we'll try to make big plays with either one of us. We're definitely looking for big things in the return area."

Hill's agility make him a good match as a returner - he ran the third-fastest short shuttle time on the team in post-spring testing with a 4.09-second time. He tested at 4.56 seconds in the 40 and has excellent leg strength and explosiveness with a 405-pound squat and 279-pound power clean.

"To be honest, I haven't done much returning - didn't do it in high school," Hill said. "I guess it's something that comes natural to me. I love having the ball in my hands. That's why I also love slot receiver, because it gives me a chance to do a lot of things. I just have a little knack for it, I guess."

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