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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Loss to Tide 'haunts' Jeremy Hill

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Despite being one of only two running backs to gain 100 yards against Alabama last season, LSU's Jeremy Hill is constantly reminded of the yards he failed to get.

"It haunts me all the time," Hill said of last year's 21-17 loss to the Crimson Tide.

Jeremy Hill
Jeremy Hill is averaging 7.2 yards per carry this season for LSU.

The Tigers had a chance to run out the clock and put the game away, but a 3-yard loss from the Alabama 29 with about 2:30 left still troubles Hill.

"If I had just gotten maybe 4 or 5 [yards], it might have changed the complexion of the game," said Hill, who rushed for 107 yards in the game. "I was trying to do way too much.

"You can't do those kinds of things on Alabama. They're way too well-coached, way too assignment sound. So it's just getting what's there. If it's 3 yards on a play, take that 3."

Instead, the Tigers missed a 45-yard field goal attempt with 1:34 remaining, and Alabama scored in the final minute to get the win.

Hill and the No. 10 Tigers get another crack at the top-ranked Crimson Tide on Saturday night.

"He's got great speed for his size," Alabama coach Nick Saban said of Hill. "We obviously thought he was an outstanding player in high school. We recruited him very, very hard."

Hill, who has 922 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight games and is averaging 7.2 yards per carry this season, enters Tuscaloosa with abundant confidence, given his previous numbers against the Tide.

"I never get intimidated by anyone. I never let anyone put fear in me. I play with the same intensity level and the same passion every game," Hill said. "I think I did a good job of that last year, I just kind of, in situations -- I tried to do too much.

"Those guys will be ready for me this year and I can't even sit here and act like they're not," Hill added. "It's going to be exciting. I'm looking forward to it."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.