120 Players To Know - WMU QB Tim Hiller
Western Michigan QB Tim Hiller
Who are the players you need to know about? Maybe they've been under the radar, or maybe they're the future NFL stars who'll be a really big deal next April. Get to know the stars of 2009 as CFN profiles 120 Players You Need To Know over 120 days (one for each team) continuing with Western Michigan QB Tim Hiller.
120 Players You Need To
Western Michigan QB Tim Hiller
Who is Tim Hiller? ... He hasn’t received the
fanfare of Nate Davis and he hasn’t produced the big wins like Dan
LeFevour, but Hiller has been one of the MAC’s most productive
passing quarterbacks over the last few years. It’s been a long,
interesting career that started out with a hot first season that
ended in disaster. He came off the bench as a freshman to blaze
through the second half of the 2005 season with 20 touchdown passes
and three interceptions, but he suffered a major knee injury against
Northern Illinois late in the year that kept him out all of 2006.
When he came back, he had a fight on his hands for the starting job,
but he came up with a decent 2007 throwing for 3,021 yards and 20
touchdowns, but he was inconsistent and he threw 15 picks. Last year
was different. The knee was healthy, for the most part, the
receiving corps was great, and Hiller was a master of the offense
completing 65% of his throws for 3,725 yards and 36 touchdowns with
Hiller's best game so far was ...
in the 28-19 win over Iowa in 2007. All the Hawkeyes
had to do was beat the MAC team and they were off to a bowl game. Hiller
and the offense blew up in Iowa City with a 26-of-45 passing day for 367
yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions as the Broncos pulled off
the stunner. Iowa stayed home for the holidays.
At 6-5 and 228 pounds, he has good size,
a decent arm, and a total command of the offense going into this
season. When he gets time to operate, he can pick teams apart and
get into an unstoppable groove. Now that he’s a senior, and in his
fifth year in the program, this should be his time to shine as a
potential MAC Player of the Year, and also as an NFL prospect.
should care about Hiller ... He has the potential to be one of the
nation’s breakout stars, similar to Nate Davis last year. As he’s
demolishing the WMU record books, he’s also showing an ability to come
up with big performances against name teams. WMU might have lost to
Nebraska in last year’s opener, but Hiller threw for 342 yards and two
scores. He led the way to a win over Illinois with 301 yards and two
touchdowns, and there was the win at Iowa in 2007 that set the tone for
2008. This year, Hiller gets three Big Ten road games at Michigan,
Indiana, and Michigan State to make some noise on a national scale.
Hiller’s pro potential ... With the size and the experience,
Hiller has a good résumé to get his foot in the door and get to an NFL
camp. His biggest plus is that he’s a real, live, pro style quarterback
in today’s day and age of spread players. This will be an interesting
year to see if he warrants a long look as one of the top five
quarterbacks, or if he’s really a second day flier, with a new receiving
corps to work with. If he puts up 2007 numbers this year, he’ll become
known as a guy who makes everyone around him better. Ultra-smart, he’s
an all-star in the classroom, he has the potential to be a solid backup
NFL quarterback because of the way he’ll lead the scout team.
Negatives about Hiller ... While he has a good arm, it’s not an
elite one. And then there’s the mobility … there isn’t any. What little
running skills Hiller had before are gone thanks to his knee problems
that don’t appear to be going away completely. There was the total
reconstruction in 2006, and then this off-season he needed more work
A cool thing about Hiller that you probably didn't know
... The All-Academic MAC star has earned a 4.0 throughout his WMU
career and he has already graduated. He’s working on his MBA.
2005: 98-of-150, 1,334 yards, 20 TD, 3 INT, 1
2007: 267-of-421, 3,021 yards, 20 TD, 15
INT, 2 rushing TD
2008: 339-of-522, 3,725 yards, 36 TD, 10 INT, 1
Statistics, information and
photo provided by the Western Michigan sports information department.