Its not really his physical tools that are the problem, except that hes slow for an SEC RB, but thats really it. Its the mental part IMO. He doesnt have good vision or quick feet and hes not a physical runner and goes down too easy. Hes just kinda blah... hes soft.
This doesn't even make sense. You say physical tools aren't the problem
, but he's slow, doesn't have good feet, and isn't physical. I may disagree with your entire premise based on how you define problem
The part about him being soft is bullshitee. But he has had an up-and-down career, and has become less of a bruising, physical runner than he was as a freshman when he was 240 pounds -- playing fullback, running through tackles, doing some lead blocking on occasion, barreling over future-NFL-CB Brandon Boykin in the SECCG, etc.
Since that frosh season, he's dropped weight and hasn't been as physical as he was for whatever reason. But for a 230-240 RB, he does
have good feet and vision. Not on the level of Jeremy Hill, but Hill probably had the best combination of feet and vision for a 230+ back in LSU history.
KH doesn't run with the decisive, attacking, violent nature of a guy like Spencer Ware. When Hilliard has been at his best, he runs with a more subtle physicality, with a lot of body positioning that lessens the effectiveness and severity of the blow from defenders. Actually, I really think Ware would have benefited from using more subtlety in his approach. He left some yards on the field looking to initiate contact with the defense, but Ware's style did have the benefit of physically wearing down a D. Career Rushing Stats (3 Years for both)
Kenny Hilliard - 1110 Yards, 5.2 YPC, 21 TDs
Spencer Ware - 1249 Yards, 4.2 YPC, 10 TDs
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