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53 Tommy Hillard
  • offensive guard
  • 6-3, 282
  • junior
  • Jacksonville (Bolles HS)

A redshirt junior who enters fall drills listed as the top backup to Leon Hires at the left offensive guard spot... Co-recipient of offensive unit's Unselfish Award this spring ... Has also seen extensive practice time at center during his Gator career... Has played in five regular season games for 101 plays...

1999 - A backup at center... Played in two games (Western Michigan and UCF) for 51 plays...

1998 - A backup at center who played in three regular season games (The Citadel, Northeast Louisiana and Kentucky) for 50 plays... Missed the last nine games of the season with a shoulder injury... Named the squad's Most Improved Offensive Lineman during spring...

1997 - Did not see any game action and was redshirted... Worked with the scout team on the offensive line...

Prep - Considered by many to be the state's top prep center in 1996... Received prep All-America honors from the National Recruiting Advisor, which ranked him among the nation's top two players at center... Also received All-America honors from Prep Star, which also ranked him among the top 15 OL in the SEC region... A three-year starter on the offensive line for one of the state's premier programs (Bolles) ... Third-team All-State (4A) as a junior in 1995 and first-team All-State as a senior in 1996... Named to Florida Times-Union Area Super 24 team... Will play in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game... High school coach was "Corky" Rogers... Also visited Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee...

Personal - Born Michael Thomas Hillard on November 14, 1978 in Jacksonville, Florida... Parents - Stan and Jana Hillard... Involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes... Hobbies include fishing, gardening and hunting... Favorite book is Trappers Moon... Favorite actor is Clint Eastwood...

Major - Recreation-Program Delivery.

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