Hill 'sorry' not to be part of next season's Tigers

Updated: February 2, 2004, 8:01 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La.-- LSU defensive end Marquise Hill entered the NFL draft Monday after his involvement with an agent put his college eligibility in question.

"Rather than go through an appeal process to regain his eligibility, Marquise has decided to forego his senior season and make himself available for the NFL draft," said Chris Howard, LSU's associate athletic director for compliance.

Hill started 13 games for the Tigers in 2003, registering 40 tackles, including 10 for losses. Hill added six sacks and a team-best 24 quarterback hurries for a squad that finished No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense and total defense.

"When I came to LSU, it was to be a part of a great program, to win a national championship and get a college education," Hill said. "We won a national title and I'm working very hard to get my degree. I want to thank Coach (Nick) Saban, the coaching staff and my teammates, who gave me their friendship, advice and support. I'm sorry that I will not be a part of next year's team."

During his career, Hill started 25 games for the Tigers and he finished with 108 tackles and 10 sacks, including one against Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.

"We want to support all of our players in what they choose to do," Saban said. "We have a very good agent-education program here at LSU that helps inform and educate our players. We will continue to work with our players to ensure that they make the best decisions possible regarding their careers, both on and off the field."


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