Hilliard with the Dolphins in 2011
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|Born:||July 30, 1984|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school:||Kalispell (MT) Flathead|
|NFL Draft:||2008 / Round: 6 / Pick: 204|
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Lex Douglas Hilliard (born July 30, 1984) is a former American football running back and fullback. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Montana.
Hilliard attended and played high school football at Flathead High School in Kalispell, Montana. During his sophomore year, he set a school record with 1,384 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. During his time at Flathead, he was a three-time all-state and all-conference selection, as well as team captain his final two seasons. He finished his career with 3,419 rushing yards, 4,410 all-purpose yards and 44 touchdowns--all school records.
As a true freshman at the University of Montana in 2003, Hilliard was originally going to redshirt but was activated for the second game of the season. His 590 rushing yards ranked ninth in the Big Sky Conference that season.
Despite starting just four games as a sophomore in 2004, Hilliard rushed for a team-leading 972 yards and 17 touchdowns on his way to earning first-team All-Big Sky honors. He posted five 100-yard rushing games during the season, and his 17 touchdowns were best in the conference.
Hilliard earned first-team All-Big Sky honors for the second straight season, as well as being named a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, as a junior in 2005 after rushing for 1,322 yards. His rushing total ranked 19th in the nation and second in school history behind only Yohance Humphery in 2001. He had six 100-yard games during the season, including a 237-yard performance against Cal Poly which was the second-highest single-game rushing total in school history.
Hilliard returned to the field as a fifth-year senior in 2007, appearing in 11 games for the Grizzlies. He rushed for 1,132 yards and 16 touchdowns on his way to second-team All-Big Sky honors. He topped the 100-yard rushing plateau seven times during the season.
|2006||Did Not Play|
Following his collegiate career, Hilliard was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. At his Pro Day on March 19, he measured in at 5-foot-11¼ and 234 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds, short shuttle in 4.03 seconds and cone drill in 6.93 seconds. He also had a 36½-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot, three-inch long jump.
Lex Hilliard, April 2008
Hilliard was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round (204th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. On May 19, he signed a four-year contract with the Dolphins. Viewed as a fullback/tailback hybrid, Hilliard stated he had no preference on where he played.
In the 2008 preseason, Hilliard finished third on the team with 68 rushing yards on a 2.8-yard average. He also caught three passes for 24 yards. On August 30, the team waived Hilliard during final cuts. He was re-signed to the practice squad the following day.
After spending the entire 2008 season on the practice squad, Hilliard was re-signed on January 5, 2009. In week 11 of the 2009 season Hillard was given the backup running back role behind Ricky Williams due to the foot injury to Ronnie Brown.
On September 4, 2012, Hilliard signed with the New England Patriots. He was released on September 19, 2012. During his short tenure with the Patriots, Hilliard played in two games recording one rush attempt for two yards.