FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – LSU senior running back Kenny Hilliard is out for the final two regular season games, a source told The Advocate.
Hilliard suffered a shoulder injury on the third play of LSU’s 20-13 loss to No. 4 Alabama last week. He did not return to the game, and he was doubtful for Saturday’s game against Arkansas (4-5, 0-5).
The Tigers meet the Hogs at 7 p.m. Saturday and travel to Texas A&M on Thanksgiving Night after a bye week. While Hilliard has been ruled out for those two games, he could still play in LSU’s bowl game, the source said.
No. 20 LSU (7-3, 3-3) will now have to rely on its three remaining running backs for the remainder of the regular season: freshman and leading rusher Leonard Fournette, senior Terrence Magee and rookie Darrel Williams.
Hillard is third on the team in rushing with 431 yards on 87 carries, behind Fournette (730 yards) and Magee (447). He’s served as LSU’s short-yardage, between-the-tackles runner who has excelled late in games and scored the team’s second-most touchdowns (six). He had big second halves in wins over Wisconsin (93 yards in the fourth quarter) and Ole Miss (63).
Hilliard is not expected to make the trip to Arkansas. He tweeted earlier Friday that he’ll “lay low” this weekend.
Hilliard appeared to injure his left shoulder in a collision with Alabama safety Landon Collins. The CBS broadcast called the injury a shoulder stinger. Hilliard started the game against the Crimson Tide, getting carries on the first three plays of the game before leaving hurt on his third run.
That might have been Hilliard’s final run of his LSU career, though he’s not been ruled out for the postseason.
A Patterson native, Hilliard’s career started off with a bang. As a true freshman in 2011, he tied for the team lead in touchdowns scored with nine. Hilliard sored a career-high three touchdowns in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia, helping lead LSU to the BCS national title game.
He never emerged, though, as LSU’s featured back over the years, running for 336 in 2011, 464 in 2012 and just 310 last season.
Hilliard has 1,531 yards for his career, including 27 touchdowns. He’s started five games this season, the most of any LSU back.