The New Orleans Saints announced Tuesday that the club has claimed running back P.J. Hill off of waivers from the Washington Redskins. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Hillis a second-year player who was originally signed by the Saints as rookie free agent following the 2009 NFL Draft. The 5-10, 218-pound Wisconsin product carried 26 times for 128 yards (4.9 avg.) with a team-leading three touchdown runs, along with two receptions for 16 yards in the preseason. He spent the first six weeks of the regular season on the New Orleans practice squad, before being signed to the active roster of the Philadelphia Eagles where he spent seven weeks. Following a short, late-season stint on the Eagles practice squad, Hill was signed to the Redskins active roster for their season finale.
Hill was the Badgers' featured runner for each of his three campaigns in Madison, joining former Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne as the only backs in UW history to gain more than 1,000 yards in each of their first three seasons. Hill closed his collegiate career with 3,942 rushing yards on 770 carries (5.1 avg.) with 42 touchdowns and added 39 receptions for 358 yards and two more scores. In 37 career games, Hill ran gained 100 yards in 20 of those contests and had a pair of 200-plus yard games. Before forgoing his final year of eligibility, the East Elmhurst, N.Y. native was named honorable mention All-Big 10 for the second straight season to go along with first-team all-conference honors earned as a redshirt freshman in 2006. As a senior in 2008, Hill ran for 1,161 yards and 13 touchdowns.