BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - LSU running back Jeremy Hill is back.
State District Court Judge Bonnie Jackson lectured Hill and told him that playing football is a privilege. She acknowledged Hill's abilities on the football field and noted there are many people at the state penitentiary at Angola who squandered similar talent.
Jackson said HIll will remain on probation with an exception to his curfew allowing him to play football if the university permits.
Judge Jackson added 40 hours of community service to Hill's probation and order him to refrain from all further illegal conduct. He also faces stiffer curfews.
Monday afternoon Hill was accompanied by LSU head coach Les Miles where both met spoke before the media.
Hill said,"First of all I want to thank coach Miles and this university for giving me another chance to play football. And I would like to apologize first to my teammates and the community. I made a poor choice in judgement but since than I've learned from that mistake and moving forward. I'll continue to be a better person, continue to be a better teammate and be a role model to the kids in the community."
Coach Miles added that Hill faces further punishment that will be dealt with internally.
Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken tweaked his Golden Eagles fourth workout of the fall in an attempt to keep his players fresh.
Monken said,"We gave them a little bit of a halftime for five minutes in the shade and that helped a lot." In addition to the break we had snacks in the meeting rooms and made they hydrate better today."
He added,"It is hard to pick out one to players who stood out." He said he was pleased with the overall effort of the team.
"Our guys have been great in terms of their attitude, body language and work ethic and they were better today."
Southern Miss returns to the practice fields in full pads for the first time, getting ready for the season opener, August 31st, in Hattiesburg against Texas State.
Ole Miss fans were allowed to watch the Rebels practice in Oxford Monday morning.
Head coach Hugh Freeze said,"I thought it was our best day yet. There was really good competition in all the team settings. It went down to the end in all of them."
According to coach Freeze, the defensive line displayed an area of strength with several key Rebels returning. Throw-in blue-chip freshman defensive end Robert Nkemdiche and the defense will be solid this season.
Freeze said, "Carlos Thompson got a ding to the head and I wouldn't be shocked to see Nkemdiche on the first team quite frequently."
He also likes the play of sophomore defensive end Channing Ward.
Freeze stated,"Channing's really coming on. Coming in late last year, he was just swimming the whole year. He's much more confident now. He's matured some. He just feels more comfortable and certainly is playing better.