Former LSU RB Hilliard Returns to NRG Stadium with the Houston Texans

It was getting late in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff and LSU needed a spark. The Tigers trailed 24-13 heading into the fourth quarter against a Wisconsin team that had dominated most of the night. The nation’s leading rusher Melvin Gordon had piled up 140 yards on just 16 carries to help the Badgers to a two score lead.

After an Anthony Jennings touchdown pass, a two point conversion and a Jalen Mills interception, the Tigers finally had the ball with the time to take the lead.

Enter future Houston Texans draft pick Kenny Hilliard.

Winning time meant hand the ball to get Kenny and get the heck out of the way.

He went for 17 yards.

Then he ran for 8.

He finished he off with a 28 yard run for the game winning touchdown.

In fact, Hilliard ran the ball 10 of the Tigers last 12 plays.

17, 8, 28…touchdown

2, 17…first down

2, 5, 6, 1 and 4…first down

Ball game. LSU won the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff 28-24.

Little did Hilliard, or any of the sellout crowd realize it at the time but that’s the first of many trips to NRG Stadium. The 5’11”, 225 lb. power back ran the ball 18 times that day for 110 yards and that game winning touchdown. Hilliard is the only player from last year’s AdvoCare Texas Kickoff to get drafted by the Texans but he’s not unfamiliar to many in the area.

He was a teammate of current Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue for three years before Blue moved on to the Texans in 2014.

But, Hilliard isn’t the only player drafted over the weekend to have played in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff. CB Jalen Collins (2nd Round), DE Danielle Hunter (3rd Round), Kwon Alexander (4th Round) of LSU along with star RB Melvin Gordon (1st Round, 10th overall) and OT Rob Havenstein (2nd Round) of Wisconsin are also headed to the NFL.

– By John Harris, College Football Analyst –

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