Lex Hilliard
Hilliard with the Dolphins in 2011
No. 36     New York Jets
Running back/Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-07-30) July 30, 1984 (age 36)
Place of birth: Kalispell, Montana
High School: Kalispell (MT) Flathead
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
College: Montana
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 6 / Pick: 204
Debuted in 2009 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Rushing yards     163
Average     3.4
Rushing Touchdowns     2

Lex Douglas Hilliard (born July 30, 1984) is an American football running back and fullback for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Montana.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Hilliard attended and played high school football at Flathead High School in Kalispell, Montana.[1] During his sophomore year, he set a school record with 1,384 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.[1] During his time at Flathead, he was a three-time all-state and all-conference selection, as well as team captain his final two seasons.[1] He finished his career with 3,419 rushing yards, 4,410 all-purpose yards and 44 touchdowns—all school records.[1]

Hilliard also earned three letters in track and one in wrestling.[1] He competed in the 100, 200 and 4x100 meter relay as well as the shot put, earning two all-league selections.

College career[edit | edit source]

As a true freshman at the University of Montana in 2003, Hilliard was originally going to redshirt but was activated for the second game of the season.[1] His 590 rushing yards ranked ninth in the Big Sky Conference that season.[1]

Despite starting just four games as a sophomore in 2004, Hilliard rushed for a team-leading 972 yards and 17 touchdowns on his way to earning first-team All-Big Sky honors.[1] He posted five 100-yard rushing games during the season, and his 17 touchdowns were best in the conference.[1]

Hilliard earned first-team All-Big Sky honors for the second straight season, as well as being named a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, as a junior in 2005 after rushing for 1,322 yards.[1] His rushing total ranked 19th in the nation and second in school history behind only Yohance Humphery in 2001.[1] He had six 100-yard games during the season, including a 237-yard performance against Cal Poly which was the second-highest single-game rushing total in school history.[1]

In 2006, Hilliard was redshirted after suffering a season-ending Achilles tendon injury.[1][2]

"Now that we're in the '07 season and he's back with us, it's just a godsend to have him back. I see Lex having a monster season."

Hilliard returned to the field as a fifth-year senior in 2007, appearing in 11 games for the Grizzlies.[2] He rushed for 1,132 yards and 16 touchdowns on his way to second-team All-Big Sky honors.[2] He topped the 100-yard rushing plateau seven times during the season.[2]

During his five-year career at Montana, Hilliard racked up 4,106 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns on 5.0 average.[2] He also added 57 receptions for 591 yards and two touchdowns.[2]

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Career Statistics[3]
Rushing Receiving
Year G Att Yds TD Lng Avg. Rec. Yds TD Lng Avg.
2003 12 125 590 5 38 4.7 9 117 0 21 13.0
2004 14 190 972 17 61 5.1 22 211 0 39 9.6
2005 12 249 1322 12 69 5.3 11 144 2 66 13.1
2006 Did Not Play
2007 11 242 1132 16 54 4.7 15 119 0 24 7.9
Total 49 806 4016 50 69 5.0 57 591 2 66 10.4

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Pre-draft[edit | edit source]

Following his collegiate career, Hilliard was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.[4] At his Pro Day on March 19, he measured in at 5-foot-11¼ and 234 pounds.[4] He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds, short shuttle in 4.03 seconds and cone drill in 6.93 seconds.[4] He also had a 36½-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot, three-inch long jump.[4]

In early April, it was reported that Hilliard was scheduled to visit with the New York Giants.[4]

Miami Dolphins[edit | edit source]

"I'll play whatever. It may have to be on special teams. I'm ready to go. I'm ready to do whatever it takes to help the Miami Dolphins win."

Lex Hilliard, April 2008[5]

Hilliard was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round (204th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.[6] On May 19, he signed a four-year contract with the Dolphins.[7] Viewed as a fullback/tailback hybrid,[8] Hilliard stated he had no preference on where he played.[5]

In the 2008 preseason, Hilliard finished third on the team with 68 rushing yards on a 2.8-yard average.[9] He also caught three passes for 24 yards.[9] On August 30, the team waived Hilliard during final cuts.[10] He was re-signed to the practice squad the following day.[11]

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Hilliard with the Dolphins in 2009.

After spending the entire 2008 season on the practice squad, Hilliard was re-signed on January 5, 2009. In week 11 of the 2009 season Hillard was given the backup running back role behind Ricky Williams due to the foot injury to Ronnie Brown.

Minnesota Vikings[edit | edit source]

Hilliard signed with the Minnesota Vikings on March 18, 2012. On August 31, 2012 as the Vikings reduced their roster down to league maximum of 53 players, he was released.[12]

New England Patriots[edit | edit source]

On September 4, 2012, Hilliard signed with the New England Patriots. He was released on September 19, 2012. During his short tenure with the Patriots, Hilliard played in two games recording one rush attempt for two yards.

New York Jets[edit | edit source]

Hillard was signed by the New York Jets on October 2, 2012.[13]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 "Lex Hilliard". MontanaGrizzlies.com. http://wpe1.montanagrizzlies.com/fmi/xsl/mt_griz/db/roster/xsl/detail_roster.xsl?-db=mtgriz_content&-lay=content_roster_detail&id_record=1982&-max=1&-findhttp://wpe1.montanagrizzlies.com/fmi/xsl/mt_griz/db/roster/xsl/detail_roster.xsl?-db=mtgriz_content&-lay=content_roster_detail&id_record=1806&-max=1&-find. Retrieved 11 July 2008.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "TEAM:Roster Lex Hilliard Profile". MiamiDolphins.com. http://www.miamidolphins.com/newsite/team/roster/playerBio.asp?docid=33173. Retrieved 11 July 2008.
  3. "Career History". MontanaGrizzlies.com. http://web.montanagrizzlies.com/mtgriz/files/stats_content/Football_Men/2007/histcarr.htm#35. Retrieved 11 July 2008.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "KFFL - Lex Hilliard, RB". KFFL.com. http://www.kffl.com/player/18692/nfl/news. Retrieved 11 July 2008.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Lex Hilliard Conference Call". MiamiDolphins.com. http://www.miamidolphins.com/newsite/news/top_story.asp?contentID=5772. Retrieved 11 July 2008.
  6. "ESPN - NFL - NFLDraftTracker". ESPN.com. http://insider.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft/tracker/player?id=12080&action=upsell&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnfldraft%2fdraft%2ftracker%2fplayer%3fid%3d12080. Retrieved 11 July 2008.
  7. "Dolphins sign three draft picks, add two linemen". BaltimoreSun.com. http://www.baltimoresun.com/topic/sfl-flspnfl20sbmay20,0,2972114.story. Retrieved 11 July 2008.
  8. "Miami Dolphins : USAToday.com". USAToday.com. http://fantasyfootball.usatoday.com/content/clubhouse.asp?sport=nfl&majteam=MIA&line=116521. Retrieved 11 July 2008.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Miami Dolphins 2008 preseason stats". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/teams/miamidolphins/statistics?season=2008&team=MIA&seasonType=PRE. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  10. "Dolphins Make Roster Moves, Pare Down To 53". MiamiDolphins.com. http://www.miamidolphins.com/newsite/news/top_story.asp?contentID=6005. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  11. "Dolphins Awarded Three Off Waivers; Add Five To Practice Squad; Williams Extended". MiamiDolphins.com. http://www.miamidolphins.com/newsite/news/top_story.asp?contentID=6006. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  12. Craig, Mark. "Chris Carr, Sage Rosenfels surprises among Vikings' final cuts". Star Tribune. http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/blogs/168227606.html. Retrieved 01 September 2012.
  13. Orr, Conor (2 October 2012). "Jets sign free agent RB/FB Lex Hilliard". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/6B80LkhLQ. Retrieved 2 October 2012.

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