Hill returning to Washington St. for senior season

Updated: January 6, 2006, 10:44 PM ET
Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State wide receiver Jason Hill said Friday he will return for his senior season.

Basing his decision on an NFL evaluation that said he would be a third- or fourth-round pick if he entered the draft early, Hill said he will return to try to lead the Cougars to a bowl game.

"I'm a Coug for another year," Hill told reporters.

Hill, 20, finished the season third in NCAA Division I-A rankings for receiving yards per game, catching 62 passes for 1,097 yards, averaging 109.7 yards a game, with 13 touchdowns.

"I wanted to be the best receiver to ever play here at WSU and that dream is still alive," said Hill, who holds WSU records for season and career receiving TDs and is closing in on several other individual marks.

Hill, a 6-foot-2, 208-pound junior from San Francisco, said he didn't want to enter the draft unless he would be a first- or second-round choice.

An NFL representative called him after Christmas to tell him he would likely go late in the third round or early in the fourth in April's draft, Hill said.

Hill was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the nation's top receiver.

Twice selected to the all-Pacific-10 Conference second team, Hill's best game was Oct. 22, when he caught six passes for a career-high 240 yards and three touchdowns at California.

The general studies major said he wanted to get his degree and improve his stock with the NFL with another year at WSU.

"We have to get to a bowl game. One more yard, one more catch, one more TD, that in itself will enhance my draft status next year," he said.

Hill's decision pleased Cougars coach Bill Doba, who said another year of lifting weights and game experience should enhance his NFL chances.

"We're happy to have him back," Doba said.

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