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Some good comments on BJ Hill

Lowell : 5/16/2018 1:24 pm
The article is from The Athletic. The quotes are from Ryan Nielsen, the DL coach at NC State, Dave Doeren, the Head coach, Dontonio Burnette, strength coach and Bradley Chubb.

Nielsen: I won’t forget this: When B.J. came to Junior Day, his mom told me in the locker room this will be the toughest kid you ever coached. She was right. He had zero offers when he came to camp. He battled his ass off. Him and Tony Adams (a future four-year starting offensive lineman for the Wolfpack) went toe to toe in pass rush drills just in helmets. It was on. We knew he was gonna be a 300-pounder-plus. No question. Before camp, we weren’t sure if he was stiff. He enrolled early and came on campus at 260. He had to learn to play double teams, and he proved his toughness that first spring. That kid did everything we ever asked of him. Never missed a meal. Never was late for anything. Never. Ever. I love that kid.

Doeren: B.J. played running back at like 240. He was a big-framed, thick-wristed guy. You knew he could get bigger quick. We didn’t know he could play right away.

Dantonio Burnette, aka Coach Thunder, N.C. State strength coach: I call him Uncle B.J. He’s a very mature guy. By spring ball, he was 290. He helped (Chubb, Jones and Street) understand how we did things. Those guys were always together. I’d go out with those guys once a month because I knew they were the leaders of the team so I could get the temperature of the team.

Chubb: B.J. was like a granddad to some guys. Out of all of us, he’d been there the longest. He knew the ropes, so we did look to him. He is an old soul.

Hill started five of the Wolfpack’s final six games of 2014, including the St. Petersburg Bowl victory against UCF that gave N.C. State an 8-5 record. He won the team’s Philip Rivers Freshman of the Year Award while the other three played in backup roles. Chubb, even though he’d been recruited as a D-lineman, told Nielsen he wanted to play linebacker after he arrived in Raleigh. But that idea lasted one season.
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Seems like a great kid  
illmatic : 5/16/2018 1:40 pm : link
Very excited to see him play.
BJ Hill  
blueblood : 5/16/2018 1:46 pm : link
was eating guys up at the Senior Bowl Practices. I remember reading somewhere that he was one of the only guys that gave Will Hernandez some trouble..
I absolutely love what we have done on the lines.  
chopperhatch : 5/16/2018 2:46 pm : link
Hill and Tomlinson are two very nice DL prospects to get excited about.

I am getting really excited about what this team can do under good coaching.
Hmmmm  
Beer Man : 5/16/2018 3:45 pm : link
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I call him Uncle B.J.


Not a nick-name I would care to have. Just sayin!
He sounds a lot like  
Pete in MD : 5/16/2018 6:30 pm : link
his “line-mate” Dalvin Tomlinson.
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SGMen : 5/16/2018 6:33 pm : link
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his “line-mate” Dalvin Tomlinson.
Dalvin, Snacks will stuff the run very well.
Where's the Bear?  
Jimmy Googs : 5/16/2018 6:54 pm : link

Baldinger had referred to him  
Diver_Down : 5/16/2018 7:09 pm : link
as one one of the Red Hat Mafia. Baldy was doing his critiques of the Senior Bowl focusing on Hernandez. He didn't know the two player's names on defense, but referred to them as the Red Hat Mafia as they were straight up gangsters and wrecking havoc on the drills.
RE: Baldinger had referred to him  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 5/16/2018 7:23 pm : link
In comment 13966097 Diver_Down said:
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as one one of the Red Hat Mafia. Baldy was doing his critiques of the Senior Bowl focusing on Hernandez. He didn't know the two player's names on defense, but referred to them as the Red Hat Mafia as they were straight up gangsters and wrecking havoc on the drills.


I don't think that was Baldinger... it was some guy who breaks down football players. But he did a really good analysis on him.
Voch Lombardi...  
Seventh Spiel : 5/16/2018 8:08 pm : link
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Diver_Down : 5/16/2018 8:10 pm : link
In comment 13966104 Eric from BBI said:
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as one one of the Red Hat Mafia. Baldy was doing his critiques of the Senior Bowl focusing on Hernandez. He didn't know the two player's names on defense, but referred to them as the Red Hat Mafia as they were straight up gangsters and wrecking havoc on the drills.



I don't think that was Baldinger... it was some guy who breaks down football players. But he did a really good analysis on him.


You are right. It is hard to separate the critics man-crushes on Will. The BBI thread is linked below.
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