Duke Football BIO
79 Kyle Hill
2011: Returning starting left offensive tackle ... pre-season All-ACC selection by Athlon Sports (3rd team) and Phil Steele's College Football Preview (4th team) ... charted by Phil Steele as the No. 43 draft eligible offensive tackle in the country ... post-season honors candidate ... has quietly solidified himself as one of the top offensive tackles in the conference ... gives outstanding effort on each snap ... a starter in each of the past 36 games for the Blue Devils ... among active offensive linemen in the ACC, enters the 2011 season ranking tied for third in career starting assignments behind Florida State's Zebrie Sanders (37) and Virginia Tech's Blake DeChristopher (37) ... start total ranks tied for sixth among all active players in the conference ... has played 2,611 career snaps including 2,490 offensive plays ... has played 60 or more snaps in 30 career games ... has reached the 75-snap plateau in 18 career weeks ... two-time Academic All-ACC selection ... one of four projected starters on the offensive line to earn Academic All-ACC honors last year ... among Duke's offensive linemen, ranked among the leaders in the broad jump (9'; t1st), power clean (308 lbs.; 3rd), bench press (370 lbs.; t3rd) and vertical jump (28.5"; 4th) in the program's post-spring strength and conditioning evaluation.
2010: Academic All-ACC choice ... started all 12 games at left tackle ... earned the program's Iron Devil award for playing the most snaps (918) ... on the gridiron for 60 or more plays in all 12 contests ... played 75 or more snaps against Elon (84), Wake Forest (77), Maryland (85), Miami (93), Navy (80), Virginia (87) and Boston College (84) ... part of an offensive line that ranked third in the league in sacks allowed per passing attempt as the Blue Devils had five players with 30 or more receptions for the just the second time in school history ... helped Duke's passing attack rank second in the ACC as quarterback Sean Renfree became just the fourth player in school history to throw for 3,000+ yards ... also aided in Duke's enhanced rushing attack that showed marked improvement in yards per game (+46.5), yards per attempt (+1.2), runs of 20 or more yards (+8) and total rushing TDs (+13).
2009: Academic All-ACC selection ... started all 12 games at left tackle ... recipient of the Dan "Tiger" Hill Award as Duke's most outstanding offensive lineman ... led offensive players and ranked second on the squad in total snaps played with 897, trailing only safety Catron Gainey (953) ... played 60 or more snaps in 11 of 12 contests including a season-best 89 at Virginia ... also reached the 75-play barrier against Kansas (88), N.C. State (87), Maryland (83), Virginia Tech (80), N.C. Central (76) and Wake Forest (75) ... key component of an offensive front that ranked third in the ACC in sacks allowed per pass attempt as Duke led the league and ranked ninth nationally in passing offense.
2008: Second team Freshman All-America selection by both Sporting News and Rivals.com ... started all 12 games at left guard ... played a total of 796 snaps ... on the field for 70 or more plays in six games ... logged a season-high 94 snaps against Northwestern.
2007: Did not see game action.
Prior to Duke: Two-year letterman at Boone under Phil Ziglar ... all-state choice following senior season after grading out at 82 percent while catching 19 passes for 539 yards and one touchdown ... first team all-metro, all-district, all-Orange County and all-Central Florida pick in 2006 ... as a junior, graded out at 79 percent and caught 11 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns to receive first team all-metro and all-district recognition ... selected to play in Florida's East-West All-Star Game ... helped Boone to a two-year ledger of 19-7 and two state playoff appearances ... also participated in basketball and track and field.
Personal: Son of Bob and Kathy Hill ... born May 16, 1989 ... graduated from Duke on May 15, 2011 with a degree in sociology ... currently pursuing a master's degree in liberal studies.