| Tony Hills
6-6 · 305
Houston, Texas (Alief Elsik)
· 2007 season highlights video
· 2006 season highlights video
A big, athletic former prep tight end who played in 42 career games and made 24 consecutive starts ... overcame a devastating left knee injury as a high schooler before developing into one of the nation's top tackles ... a member of the Outland Trophy watch list ... ranked as one of the nation's top 10 offensive tackles by The Sporting News ... started the first 11 games of 2007 before suffering a season-ending fractured left fibula ... a first-team All-Big 12 selection by the league's coaches ... started all 13 games at left tackle in 2006 ... tabbed honorable mention All-Big 12 ... earned a spot on ESPN's All-Mayday Team for being one of college football's "Toughest of the Tough" ... played in 11 games as the primary backup at left tackle in 2005 ... made a smooth transition to offensive tackle in the spring of 2004 and worked as the primary backup at left tackle that season ... appeared in seven games on offense and special teams as a true freshman in 2004 ... signed with UT in the spring of 2003 ... sat out 2003 while recovering from surgery ... enrolled at UT in the spring of 2004 ... was a Parade All-American as a prepster ... drafted with the 31st pick in the fourth round (130th overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Started the first 11 games at left tackle before suffering a season-ending fractured left fibula against Texas Tech ... tabbed first-team All-Big 12 by the league's coaches ... helped Texas average 462.9 yards of total offense (12th NCAA), 207.5 yards rushing (16th NCAA) and 37.2 points per game (13th NCAA) ... led Texas to nine games of at least 400 yards and five games of at least 500 yards ... also allowed UT to score at least 30 points in nine of the 13 games ... anchored a line that helped RB Jamaal Charles gain 1,619 rushing yards (No. 5 on UT's single-season rushing list) ... blocked for 415 total yards with 176 of those coming on the ground versus No. 19 TCU ... the 176 yards rushing were the most TCU had allowed in its previous 17 games ... also helped UT not allow a sack against a TCU defense that had recorded 30 sacks over its previous nine games ... paved the way for 229 yards on the ground and 488 total yards of offense at UCF ... helped Texas' offense gain 333 yards through the air and 227 yards on the ground for a total of 560 yards of offense versus Rice ... helped the offense produce a balanced 298 yards passing and 216 yards rushing for a total of 514 yards of offense in a victory at Iowa State ... led Texas to 470 yards of total offense and 177 rushing yards at Baylor ... cleared the way for 364 yards rushing and 545 yards of total offense against Nebraska ... also paved the way for Charles' school-record 219 rushing yards in the fourth quarter against the Huskers ... helped Texas tally 307 yards rushing and 282 yards passing (589 total) in producing a 21-point comeback win at Oklahoma State.
Started all 13 games at left tackle ... tabbed honorable mention All-Big 12 ... earned a spot on ESPN's All-Mayday Team for being one of college football's "Toughest of the Tough" ... named one of UT's Most Improved Offensive Players ... helped Texas gain 162.6 rushing yards per game (34th NCAA), 391.5 total yards per game (23rd NCAA) and score 35.9 points per game (seventh NCAA) ... paved the way for 212 yards on the ground and 410 total yards in the season opener against North Texas ... blocked for 326 total yards with 172 of those coming on the ground against No. 1 Ohio State ... cleared the way for 330 rushing yards and 493 total yards in a victory at Rice ... allowed Texas' offense to produce a balanced 246 yards passing and 193 yards rushing for a total of 439 yards of offense against Iowa State ... gave the quarterbacks time to register 300 yards passing and 419 total yards versus Sam Houston State ... allowed Texas' offense to produce 124 rushing yards and 108 yards passing versus No. 14 Oklahoma ... helped Texas' offense produce 275 yards passing and 162 yards rushing against Baylor ... paved the way for 348 total yards at No. 17 Nebraska ... led the way for 227 rushing yards and 256 passing yards at Texas Tech ... helped Texas accumulate 164 yards rushing and 346 yards passing (510 total) against Oklahoma State ... paved the way for Texas to rush for 143 yards and throw for 241, while posting 42 points, at Kansas State ... helped Texas gain 230 total yards against Texas A&M ... gave Texas time to throw for 308 yards in an Alamo Bowl victory over Iowa.
Appeared in 11 games at left tackle ... part of a line that helped Texas rank first in the nation in scoring offense (50.2 ppg), second in rushing offense (274.9 ypg) and third in total offense (512.1 ypg) ... cleared the way for Texas to set school single-season records in both points scored (652) and total yards (6,657) ... Texas' 652 points broke the 22-year old NCAA record of 624 points set by Nebraska in 1983 ... UT's 50.2 points per game average marked only the fifth time in NCAA history that a team finished the year averaging over 50 points per game ... Texas was the first team since Nebraska in 1995 to score 50 points and post 500 yards per game in a season ... Texas' 3,574 rushing yards were the fourth-most in school history ... UT's six 300-yard games matched its total last season, which was the most since 1977 ... helped Texas produce 600 yards of total offense in a school-record three games ... opened the season by blocking for 591 total yards, including 418 rushing yards, against La.-Lafayette ... helped tally 382 total yards against Ohio State's fourth-ranked defense, which is only giving up 275.3 yards per game ... cleared the way for 361 rushing yards en route to 483 total yards in a victory over Rice ... missed games against Missouri and Oklahoma due to an injury ... returned to help Texas produce 482 total yards against No. 24 Colorado, which entered the game ranked 19th nationally (300.0 ypg) ... cleared the way for UT to post 444 yards of total offense and 52 points against a Texas Tech defense that is only giving up 328.2 yards and 19.4 points per game ... helped Texas post its first of three consecutive games of 600-plus yards with 606 total yards, including 367 rushing yards, at Oklahoma State ... followed with UT's fifth-best offensive output in gaining 645 yards, including 347 rushing yards, and posting 62 points against a Baylor defense that was only giving up 333.8 yards and 20.5 points per game ... helped UT notch 617 yards, including 336 rushing yards, against Kansas' top-ranked rushing defense (64.1 ypg) ... the two-game total of 1,251 yards was the second-most in UT history ... blocked for 336 total yards in Texas' sixth straight victory over Texas A&M ... helped produce a Big 12 Championship record 70 points in amassing 486 total yards and blocking for six rushing TDs ... helped pave the way for 289 yards rushing and 556 yards of total offense in Texas' 41-38 victory over USC for the National Championship.
Appeared in seven games on offense and special teams ... competed for playing time as the primary backup at left tackle ... part of a line that cleared the way for Texas to rank second in the nation in rushing (299.2 ypg), seventh in total offense (464.4 ypg) and 18th in scoring (35.3 ppg) ... Texas' 3,590 rushing yards is the third-highest single-season total in school history ... UT registered six 300-yard rushing games, the most since 1977 ... helped block for 673 yards of total offense (No. 3 on the UT all-time list), including 513 yards rushing (No. 7 on the UT all-time list), versus North Texas ... helped clear the way for 525 total yards against Rice, including 339 on the ground ... produced another 507 yards versus Baylor with 303 rushing yards ... helped UT rush for 351 yards and five TDs at Texas Tech, as part of 493 total yards ... helped clear 300 yards rushing with 326 and pushed through four TDs on the ground at Colorado.
Coached by Bill Barron at Elsik H.S. ... three-year starter at tight end ... a two-time All-Greater Houston and all-district pick who averaged 17.9 yards on 28 receptions his final two seasons ... a Parade All-America selection who earned 5A third-team all-state honors as a senior ... also an All-Greater Houston and all-district selection ... caught 15 passes for 275 yards for team that reached the 5A Division I semifinals ... sustained a serious left knee injury in the first half of the state semifinal game ... earned second-team all-state (5A) and All-Greater Houston and all-district honors as a junior after registering 13 receptions for 227 yards and a touchdown ... before giving up basketball prior to his freshman year, he had earned a spot on the U.S. Junior National team.
Born 11/4/84 in Dallas, Texas ... full name is Anthony Tremaine Hills ... majoring in liberal arts ... active in UT's community service program ... is part of a group of Longhorns that regularly visits patients at the Austin Children's Hospital ... participated in the Children's Miracle Network Telethon as a phone operator ... also active in Houston community service projects through his church ... performed volunteer work with children ... enjoys helping others, working out and hanging out with his friends in his spare time.