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Grey1030
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Member since Oct 2012
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re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
Garry James was the star recruit in 1980. Hilliard was no slouch but I remember James having the most publicity.

When the pads went on and Hilliard was just as fast but heavier and more bruising, he was a man among boys. Much like Faulk, he could take over a game. I remember sitting in the south endzone and our offense was on the far northern end. It was a day game and we could see off in the distance Hilliard break through the line and come racing toward us like a freight train. It was awesome.

Most forget for the 3-4 years before the Hilliard/James gang, RB was by committee and even then we didn't have anyone that went over a few hundred yards. The gang rushed for about 1700 yards a season all four seasons except the sophomore year where they only gained about 1200.

1982 was an awesome year to see the rushing/pounding game for the Tigers.


ruzil
Southeastern LA Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Feb 2012
12420 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
There was an iconic (to me at least ) photo of him catching a screen pass against Florida his freshman year. The defender went low and Dalton highstepped over him. The photog caught the exact moment. I think the pic made it on the cover of SI.


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Genestealer55
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ARLINGTON
Member since May 2017
2606 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
Same class as me...every one was talking about Garry James, but Dalton came out against Oregon St and showed some serious moves. The Dalton and James gang was born that day.


Lsupimp
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re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
He was AMAZING. I went to the game against UFORFEIT in Gainesville his freshman year and he destroyed them. His game would translate to any era . I loved his stride and those tree trunk legs. One of my favorites.


Amadeo
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re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
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Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?

He's is my second favorite LSU player only behind Charles Alexander.

Started following his career while he was Patterson HS, where he and Butler formed one of the greatest RB duos in Louisiana HS football history.


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Good Times
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Hill top in Tn
Member since Nov 2007
17649 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
I was about to post about that game.

Eye Of The Tiger.


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Capt ST
Army Fan
Middle of the Mall
Member since Aug 2011
8566 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
He used to frequent a bar I worked at, big tipper comparatively speaking.


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goatmilker
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re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
Well said sir!


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TigerBR1111
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2014
2013 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
As the old play-by-play announcer for Tiger Vision (who’s name escapes me) once said “He’s slicker than jelly on a door knob!”


timm6971463
LSU Fan
oakdale la
Member since Mar 2008
3982 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
I loved Kevan and Dalton ,The only fault I found with Kevan is that he didnt pick his feet up until he hit the line of scrimmage as a result a hand on his ankle sometimes brought him down behind the line of scrimmage , hilliard didnt have that problem , they were both under rated .! Keven would carry the patriots from 20 to 20 and then fake to him and and give it to a bigger back ! that was why he was under rated !


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Amadeo
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Member since Jan 2004
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re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
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Same class as me...every one was talking about Garry James, but Dalton came out against Oregon St and showed some serious moves. The Dalton and James gang was born that day.


And I was there.

It was a beautiful thing to watch two freshman RBs gain over 100 yds each in their first game, particularly after the previous season where Jessie Myles led the team in rushing with just over 400 yds.


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LSUwag
LSU Fan
Florida man
Member since Jan 2007
13287 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
Those were my years at LSU. Dalton was a best of a player. Keep in mind that back then, SEC football was all defense and running the football. That LSU team was quite good during those years.

Damn, I’m getting Old.


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nitwit
Member since Oct 2007
7655 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
Troof.
Gary James was the most heralded recruit ever at LSU up to that time. Dalton was always mentioned as “also very good”. Both were great, but Hilliard was better and was an all time great Tiger.


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FriscoTiger
LSU Fan
Frisco, TX
Member since Aug 2005
1322 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
Favorite all time player. He is the reason I am a tiger football fanatic. I can remember That screen pass against UF like it was yesterday.


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SmoothOperator96
Chicago Cubs Fan
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Member since Jan 2016
3242 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
All I know is that he single handedly destroyed my alma mater back in his high school days. I wasn’t born then but it apparently stuck around in the community


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Picayuner
Member since Dec 2016
790 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
Bear Bryant’s last year, the Dalton- James gang invaded Bama and beat thier arse 20-10. I was there and it was awesome.


clamdip
LSU Fan
Rocky Mountain High
Member since Sep 2004
13037 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
I bagged groceries in HS while he was at LSU and he came in one day. Was wearing the short track shorts. His thighs looked abnormal they were so disproportionately huge. Would have hated to tackle him.


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Tman
LSU Fan
Montgomery, Alabama
Member since Jan 2006
750 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
Had several classes with Dalton our freshman year. Sat next to him in history. Also played basketball with him and Rydal Melancon several times in the spring. He was a great guy, quite but very gracious. 82 was a great year, beating Bama in Birmingham and FSU the night it rained Oranges. Almost beating Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.


1984Tiger
LSU Fan
North Carolina
Member since Apr 2006
6027 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
Saw him in the gym armory one day playing with some other players. Dunked the basketball from a flat footed start ... ridiculous power in those legs. His thighs put Kieland Williams’ calves to shame.


Godfather1
Houston Astros Fan
SE Louisiana
Member since Oct 2006
56339 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
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Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?


Still the best I’ve ever seen at LSU. Nobody moved like him.


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