Oregon Ducks cornerback Troy Hill, a redshirt junior from St. Bonaventure High School (Youngstown, Ohio), enters his fourth season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Hill stared as a two-way star playing defensive back and wide receiver. Hill had 46 tackles and five interceptions as a junior , good enough to earn him 2008 Second-Team All-State Junior by CalHiSports.com. As a senior the hype started to build and programs around the country started to pay attention. Hill earned 2009 All-Channel League First-Team Defense and was a unanimous three-star prospect by all three major recruiting services.
In 2010, HIll joined the Ducks and despite seriously competing for early playing time was redshirted. He also spent the year working on the scout team.
In 2011, Hill appeared in all 14 games with time spent on defense and special teams. Hill recorded 43 tackles (35 unassisted, eight assisted), one tackle for loss, seven pass deflections, one interception returned for 45 yards and two kickoff returns for 53 yards (26.5 YPR) with a long of 36. Hill was part of a three-man rotation at corner between Terrance Mitchell and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, all three freshmen at the time.
In 2012, Hill appeared in 10 games for the Ducks and saw a dip in production due to Ekpre-Olomu taking a firm hold of the second starting CB position. Hill finished the season with 26 tackles (22 unassisted, four assisted), one tackle for loss, five pass deflections and one interception that went for 29 yards and a touchdown. It was Hill’s first collegiate touchdown.
Hill started in the 2013 Oregon Spring Game. He finished the game with one unassisted tackle, his lone stat.
Going into the 2013 season, Hill will continue to play behind Mitchell and Ekpre-Olomu, but will see extensive playing time as a reserve. If one of those two were to leave early for the NFL, Hill would be expected to come in and start in that open spot as a senior in 2014.