Colorado State QB Hill tears ACL for third time

Field Level Media

September 18, 2019 at 1:09 am.

Colorado State quarterback Collin Hill has suffered a torn left ACL for the third time since 2016 and is out for the rest of the season, coach Mike Bobo said Tuesday.

Hill was hit on the knee in the third quarter of Saturday’s 55-34 loss at Arkansas. Nebraska transfer Patrick O’Brien replaced Hill and completed 7 of 10 passes for 106 yards and one touchdown.

O’Brien is likely to start for the Rams (1-2) when they host Toledo on Saturday, with sophomore Justice McCoy also competing in practice.

Hill, a redshirt junior, suffered a torn ACL midway through his freshman season in 2016, when he played in five games, starting four. He redshirted in 2017, then sustained the same injury in March 2018 while playing basketball.

He returned in time to play in the second game of last season and eventually started the final four games. He completed 119 of 202 passes for 1,387 yards, with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions, for the season.

Hill was off to a good start this year, with 840 passing yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions.

“It’s tough. It’s tough,” Bobo said after Saturday’s game. “The kid is special … you know, special. Got his knee hurt, he comes back out there, he’s got a headset on, he’s encouraging. I mean, he’s a special kid. He’s made up of the right stuff.”