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saray
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re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
i agree with all good things said and more -he was money inside 5 yard line -once he dropped ball after a long run just before he crossed the goal line but the refs didnt catch it -Jim Finks told him that if he counted to three after crossing the goal line he would give him $100 dollars - watch the last 2 years with the saints after a touchdown you could see him count to three before spiking the ball -super nice- very quiet never complained - on Monday after a brutal game he would come in to camp walk straight to the ice tub and get in - I could never see him flinch - try that some time


Rudy40
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Baton Rouge,La
Member since Jan 2007
2430 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
Love Dalton my fav all time LSU running back. When All American offensive tackle Lance Smith was asked about blocking for Dalton he said no problem we open holes that are wide not tall!


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griswold
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Florida
Member since Oct 2009
2169 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
I was at a Saints game when Hilliard played there. They were playing Atlanta. Dalton broke through the line and there was Deion Sanders, the only thing between Hilliard and the end zone. Deion made a rodeo clown move and got the hell out of the way. Ronnie Lott also had much respect for Dalton Hilliard.


mpwilging
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Virginia Beach, VA
Member since Jan 2011
1906 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
I was still in BTR at this time, and Dalton was my all-time favorite player, let alone
RB. And paring him with James was truly amazing.

Also, Charles Alexander was a great running back for LSU. Still remember some of his runs...


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FLBooGoTigs1
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Nocatee, FL.
Member since Jan 2008
43854 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
Ronnie Lott claimed that the person he liked hitting least was Dalton Hillard. Hillard could take a lick just as much as he dished it out.


Ace Midnight
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re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
Dalton Hilliard was a great, great back. Did everything well, particularly those things within his control. He probably did not have elite speed which held him back from being legendary.

But, as far as the skills you want out of a back - ball security, vision, patience, effort/hard running, receiving, blitz pickup, leadership, he just checked box after box.


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LSUDonMCO
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Orlando
Member since Dec 2003
4312 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
I played against him in high school. and my thoughts were OMG the guy is great! I told everyone I know that he would be a starter and was way better than Gary James (Mr. Dash for the sidelines). Was so glad he was a Saint


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Ragamuffin Hiker
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Alabama
Member since Apr 2019
17 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
as best I recall a running back named Gary James from the Westbank of New Orleans supposedly was the "prized" running back that signed with us that year, and James was indeed no slouch in High School. LSU also signed Hilliard...hence this thread about Dalton and James is a forgotten memory basically...

Dalton Hilliard was GREAT....
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tarzana
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TX Hwy 6, 74 miles SE of Kyle Field
Member since Sep 2015
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re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
I loved watching Dalton as a Tiger. Hilliard and Garry James, along with Alan Risher, Jeff Wickersham, Herman Fontenot, Rogie Magee, Sam Martin, Garland Jean-Batiste, Craig Rathjen, Mitch Andrews et. al. made LSU a potent offensive unit from 1982-85. They were really fun to watch and Tiger Stadium remained full til the final horn sounded back in the day.

Dalton Hilliard + Garry James = The Dalton-James Gang.


dimet
North Carolina
Member since Feb 2009
81 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
The Vandy game in 84 IS Dalton. Great RB, better person. Amazing vision, great balance, ran behind his shoulders, great in protection. He was not our returner that night versus Vandy and because of the conditions, Coach Arnsparger spontaneously put Dalton in as the KR. If you watch it, just a beautiful run. Dalton, without question, is a top 5 RB at LSU.


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Nissanmaxima
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re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
Played against Hilliard for 2 straight years when Patterson and EDW was in the same district. It was either us or them for the district title every year and the games were always knock them out smash mouth football. Even as good as the teams EDW had back then he was a man amongst boys.

They had a tandem of Hilliard and Butler(can't remember is first name) that was an extremely hard one two punch to deal with. It was a scary thought of playing them because Hilliard was like a damn all pro running back even when he was in 8th grade. I could be wrong but I think he started from the time he was in 8th.

My 10th grade year we were playing them at EDW for the district championship. Hilliard had like 125 yards in the first quarter. He ended up breaking his ankle in the beginning of the 2nd. Lets just say his ankle wasn't broken by accident.

The dude was just a straight up beast!
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tarzana
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TX Hwy 6, 74 miles SE of Kyle Field
Member since Sep 2015
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re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
That 84 Vandy game was key for the fact it was the first SEC win for LSU in nearly 2 years, and a was Arnsparger's 1st SEC win.

Dalton was a beast that night, on a wet field. Even after Vandy came back late, Hilliard made several key runs (one of 35 yards) on LSU's last drive to secure the victory. It was fun to watch, even as my blood pressure soared in the 4th quarter of that game.


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Dissident Aggressor
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Member since Aug 2011
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re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
82’ season opener (Oregon st?) everyone couldn’t wait to see Gary James
That little dude from Patterson with tree trunk legs stole the show and never looked back
I’ll never forget when he trucked that All American DB from Bama at Legion Field that year...
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ccomeaux
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LA
Member since Jan 2010
5088 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
Barry Sanders without a OL
He could dunk off two feet standing under the basket
His nephew, Johnny , was strongest man on the planet at 132 lbs at age 18
Athletic family
Grew up around them


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thekid
LSU Fan
McKinney, TX
Member since May 2006
2974 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
I saw him in HS and he was a man amongst boys even at 5’7”...he was so awesome in college. I think he set the freshman td record at the time. I hated when they gave the ball to James when Dalton was rolling. If James couldn’t get the corner, he was useless, he had zero vision and zero cut back ability. I always thought Dalton was miles better.


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Amadeo
Harvard Fan
Member since Jan 2004
1561 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
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They had a tandem of Hilliard and Butler

If there was a better running back duo than Hilliard and Butler, I would like to know about it.

I remember when the Advocate would print HS stats, they both had 1,000 yds rushing by game 6 of the season.


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Willie Stroker
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6996 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
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I loved watching Dalton as a Tiger. Hilliard and Garry James, along with Alan Risher, Jeff Wickersham, Herman Fontenot, Rogie Magee, Sam Martin, Garland Jean-Batiste, Craig Rathjen, Mitch Andrews et. al. made LSU a potent offensive unit from 1982-85. They were really fun to watch and Tiger Stadium remained full til the final horn sounded back in the day.

This is among my fondest memories as well. But we have to add Nacho Albergamo and Eric Andolsek to the list.

Dalton Hilliard remains my favorite LSU RB of all time. He made #21 my favorite number. He was LSU's Barry Sanders. In college, Barry Sanders also wore #21. These were my 2 sports idols. As fate would have it, I married a girl who was born on the 21st day of the month.

As fate would have it, Eric Andolsek blocked for both Dalton Hilliard and Barry Sanders.
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mhc4tigers
Member since Aug 2016
1251 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
He was at last as good as Guice and better than probably all but Fornette. Hilliard and Arnsbarger. Hodson. And a lot of others put LSU back on the map for a brief time.


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Rougarou4lsu
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Oct 2003
2317 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
Nate was great!!


Sweltering Chill
Wofford Fan
Member since Aug 2017
535 posts

re: Those who saw Dalton Hillard what were your thoughts?
Dalton lived around the corner from us when i was growing up, and he was playing for the Saints.. the main thing I remember is one of my friends telling me that Dalton had a giant “21” painted at the bottom of his swimming pool.. i thought that was pretty cool.

Also, once i was hanging out in the French Quarter while in high school and i saw him walking into a club with a woman on each arm.. i thought that was REALLY cool.



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