2008 - T. Y. Hilton – most prolific and electrifying players in FIU history

T. Y. Hilton is a former wide receiver who played football for the FIU Panthers from 2008 to 2011. During his college career, Hilton became one of the most prolific and electrifying players in FIU history.

As a freshman in 2008, Hilton burst onto the scene with 41 catches for 1,013 yards and seven touchdowns, earning Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year honors. He followed up that impressive debut with even better seasons in 2009 and 2010, earning All-Sun Belt Conference honors both years. In 2010, he was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year after catching 59 passes for 848 yards and five touchdowns.

Hilton’s senior season in 2011 was arguably his best, as he caught 72 passes for 1,038 yards and seven touchdowns. He also returned two punts for touchdowns and was named the Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Year. Hilton finished his college career as FIU’s all-time leader in receiving yards (3,531), receiving touchdowns (24), and all-purpose yards (6,562).

Hilton’s impressive college career led to him being selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has since become one of the NFL’s most dynamic and productive wide receivers, earning four Pro Bowl selections and leading the league in receiving yards in 2016.