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    5 Questions: Rams rookie Tye Hill

    By Bill Coats
    Sunday, May. 14 2006

    At 2:34 p.m. (EDT) April 29, John Tye Hill put St. George, S.C., on the map.
    The NFL map, that is. The tight- knit town of 2,100, situated just off
    Interstate 95 between Charleston and Columbia, celebrated heartily when the
    Rams selected Hill in the first round of the NFL draft, No. 15 overall.

    "I think everyone in St. George became St. Louis Rams fans," said Hill, who
    goes by his middle name.

    Hill, a 5-foot-9 1/2, 185-pound cornerback from Clemson, was the first St.
    Georgian to play college football in a top NCAA Division I conference (Atlantic
    Coast). On Saturday at the Rams' minicamp for rookies and selected first-year
    players, he'll be the first to pull on an NFL uniform - albeit a practice
    outfit. He'll have to wait a few months to try out the real one.

    This week, Hill, 22, answered five questions from the Post-Dispatch:

    What have the last two weeks been like for you?

    It's been pretty exciting, actually. I got to see a lot of my family and
    friends, a lot of people congratulating me. It seems like it's going by so
    fast. I feel like I just played in my last college game yesterday.

    First-round draft choices come with high expectations, and the coaches
    will be watching you closely at minicamp. Are you feeling any pressure?

    Not really. I love pressure anyway. I feel like I play better under pressure.
    With me being a first-round draft pick, yeah, they're going to want immediate
    results. And that's my job. That's what I have to do.

    What do you expect will be the most difficult part of the transition from
    college football to the NFL?

    Probably learning how to adjust to the speed of the game. Every level is a
    little faster. And in the NFL, I'm pretty sure it's a whole lot faster than

    How do you compensate against bigger receivers for your lack of

    With my speed (4.38 seconds for 40 yards) and my vertical leap (41 inches). My
    vertical makes me taller than my measurements would indicate. I've never had a
    problem covering bigger receivers.

    If you weren't a football player, what would you be doing to make a

    I graduated with a degree in human resources, so I'd probably be working
    somewhere. There are a lot of things you can do with that major. Every
    (company) has a human resources department.

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    Re: 5 Questions: Rams rookie Tye Hill

    He sounds pretty happy to be Ram and confident of his abilities. I'll be looking forward to seeing the speed and the big vertical jumps. He should be fun to watch.

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    Re: 5 Questions: Rams rookie Tye Hill

    Thanks for the post! I like his attitude!

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    Re: 5 Questions: Rams rookie Tye Hill

    Im glad he loves the pressure!!


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