One of two defensive team captains, who finished his CSU career by earning New Mexico Bowl Defensive Player of the Game, started all 13 contests at his familiar right defensive end position...Led CSU defensive linemen with 30 tackles (14 solo) and also paced the team with three sacks...Also had five tackles for loss, two interceptions, two more passes broken up, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick...Matched his career high with two sacks in CSU's first win, vs. Sacramento State (Sept. 6); dropped Hornets QB Jason Smith on a third down in the third quarter, forcing a field-goal attempt, then swung momentum back in the Rams' favor with a fourth-quarter takedown...In 28-25 triumph vs. Houston (Sept. 20), had two tackles for loss, including a second-quarter sack that forced the Cougars into a fourth-down attempt; earlier on the same drive, dropped Cougars WR Kierrie Johnson for a 7-yard loss on an end around...In conference-opening win vs. UNLV (Oct. 4), made an acrobatic play to both deflect and intercept a third-quarter pass (his first career INT), setting up a key field goal that gave the Rams a 20-14 lead...In tough loss vs. TCU (Oct. 11), blocked a PAT after the Frogs' first touchdown, and recovered a third-quarter fumble with CSU down only 13-7, giving CSU possession three plays after the Rams had turned the ball over; also, in game's final minute, blasted through the line to drop QB Marcus Jackson for a 5-yard loss, forcing a punt that set up the Rams' final possession...At No. 14 Utah (Oct. 18), broke up a pass and later made a nice block to help Nick Oppenneer on a 55-yard interception return, setting up a second-quarter field goal that cut Utah's lead to 14-10...The following week, in win at San Diego State (Oct. 25), leaped to deflect a second-quarter pass...In tough 45-42 loss vs. No. 17 BYU (Nov. 1), his pressure was instrumental in causing a first-quarter Max Hall fumble, and shielding Hall from the ball as CSU's Mychal Sisson returned the fumble for the game's first points...In final career contest, the New Mexico Bowl triumph vs. Fresno State (Dec. 20), garnered Defensive Player of the Game honors by making two critical plays that ushered the Rams to victory...First, less than 2 minutes into the final quarter with CSU trailing 28-20, screened the Bulldogs' intended receiver on a third-down screen pass, blocking Tom Brandstater's view of his target, and intercepted the ball at the FS 47-yard line; the play not only set up a Gartrell Johnson TD that pulled the Rams to within two at 28-26, it also sparked a run of 20 unanswered points that put the game away...Later in the final stanza, with CSU up 33-28, his third-down hurry forced a Brandstater incompletion and forced a punt, setting up Johnson's 77-yard TD that iced the victory...Elected by teammates following fall camp as one of two defensive captains for the season (with Jeff Horinek), the first time the Rams have had season-long captains since 1992...Enjoyed perhaps the best spring of any CSU defender until sustaining a shoulder injury toward the end of April drills; missed the spring game and much of fall practice, but trainers cleared him to start the `08 opener.
Played in all 12 games, starting nine, and easily established his career high with 47 tackles (26 solo); also had 5½ sacks to lead the team, to go along with six tackles for loss, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles...Capitalized on Bob Vomhof's preseason knee injury, capturing the starting role at defensive end in fall camp...His career-best 5½ sacks were the most by a Rams defender since Bryan Save had seven in 2003; his 0.46 sacks per game was tied for sixth in the Mountain West...Garnered all-conference recognition from Phil Steele...In season opener at Colorado (Sept. 1), notched four tackles (three solo), with one hurry and one pass broken up...In Week 2 vs. Cal (Sept. 8), posted five stops (three solo), including his sixth career sack...At Houston (Sept. 22), combined with Mike Pagnotta to end a late first-half drive at CSU's 16-yard line; also recovered a fumble that killed another first-half drive...At TCU (Sept. 29), tipped away a pass to force a punt late in the third quarter...Against San Diego State (Oct. 6), posted 1½ sacks; on one of the sacks, forced a Kevin O'Connell fumble (recovered by O'Connell) that pinned the Aztecs at their own 4-yard line, after which the Rams used a short field to take their first lead...In CSU's emotional first victory, at UNLV (Oct. 20), helped to end a pair of second-half drives, sacking Omar Clayton on third down and hurrying the QB into an incompletion...Did not start at BYU (Nov. 3), but notched five assisted tackles, including ½ tackle for loss on a first-and-goal in the second quarter...With two sacks at New Mexico (Nov. 10), reached a pair of career bests: single-game (two) and single-season (5½) sacks; and by tying for the team lead with six tackles, tied another single-game career high (also had six stops vs. TCU in 2006)...Sacked UNM's Donovan Porterie in the first quarter to force a FG attempt, then ended a second-quarter drive with another third-down sack, forcing a punt...In win vs. Georgia Southern (Nov. 17), knocked down a pass on the Eagles' final drive as the Rams held off a late rally...In finale vs. Wyoming (Nov. 23), delivered two fourth-quarter hurries, one that forced a punt, to help preserve a 36-28 win.
Saw playing time in all 12 games, starting four...Started vs. TCU and recorded a career-high six total tackles along with a sack, a forced fumble and fumble recovery...Also had a sack at Wyoming (Oct. 21) and vs. Weber State (Sept. 2)...Received first career start, vs. UNLV, and had two solo tackles.
Finished the season with 13 tackles, three for losses, in 10 games, including the Poinsettia Bowl (Dec. 22)...Also made two sacks on the season...Had one sack at TCU (Nov. 5)...Had a sack and forced a fumble against Wyoming (Oct. 22)...Named preseason second-team redshirt freshman All-America by College Football News.
Redshirted as a true freshman in his first year of eligibility.
At Arapahoe High School in Littleton, Colo., was a two-time all-conference and all-state performer...Also played on the AHS basketball, lacrosse and track teams...Turned down a delayed offer from Nebraska and drew interest from Colorado, Kansas State, Michigan State, Utah and Wyoming...Ranked as the No. 27 weak-side defensive end in the country by Rivals.com...Injuries kept him from four games during his senior campaign...Posted 13 tackles in Arapahoe's 7-6 win over Class 5A champion Ponderosa...Head football coach was Mike Campbell.
Given name Tommie Lee Hill III...Born Nov. 28, 1985, in San Diego, Calif. ...Son of Tommie and Brandy Hill...Has four brothers and two sisters...Majoring in liberal arts...Hometown: Englewood, Colo.
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