May 15, 2012

Hill ready to run

When Barkley Hill made the switch from Iowa State to Iowa right before signing day, one of the main factors was the opportunity for early playing time with the Hawkeyes. Now, Hill is doing everything that he can to be ready so he can hit the ground running when he arrives on campus in Iowa City this summer. The Cedar Falls native talks about his upcoming freshman year and much more.

Q: How much high school do you have left at this point?

HILL: We get out on May 24. Basically, we're just getting ready for finals right now.

Q: Did you run track this spring?

HILL: For a little bit.

Q: Did you end the season early?

HILL: I went out just to stay active and because last year we won state, but I just wasn't into it this year. All I could think about was football, so I'm just getting ready for football instead.

Q: Are you just focused on workouts instead then?

HILL: Yeah. Right now, I'm doing XL Sports in Cedar Falls. It's an accelerated lifting program.

Q: What are those workouts like?

HILL: They have a running session with a lot of agility and a lot of speed work on the treadmill. Then basically all of the lifts that they do are Olympic lifts, so it's a lot of core strength.

Q: Can you talk about the opportunity to possibly play early at Iowa this year and what you kind of see going into things?

HILL: I think the running back spot can go to anybody. It's just going to be whoever produces and whoever gets the mental part of the game down and the physical part of the game down. Right now, I could see it going to anybody.

A three-year starter at Cedar Falls, Hill put up huge numbers in high school, including 2,493 yards rushing and 40 touchdowns as a senior, which helped place him on the Parade All-American team in 2011. He finished his career with 6,163 yards and scored a Class 4A state record 89 touchdowns.

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