The Wichita Wild of the Indoor Football League (IFL) has added two running backs that will provide a “Thunder and Lightning” backfield for the Wild. The Wild have signed running back/linebacker Lamont Reid as well as running back Jason Hill. The running backs have completely different styles as Reid is a 215 lb. speedy runner and Hill weighs over 310 lbs and will provide power to the Wild running game.
This season will be Reid’s first full year of professional football. The Western Carolina athlete joined the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in May of 2006. Reid was let go in training camp later that year.
Reid’s final season at Western Carolina was in the fall of 2005, where he average 4.4 yards per carry for the Catamounts. Reid tallied 402 yards on the ground and led the team with eight touchdowns. In 2004, the Maiden, NC native, played in 10 games carrying the ball 28 times for 108 yards on the season.
As a true freshman, Reid played defense for the Catamounts starting the final four games of the season at safety. Reid collected 44 tackles on the season, which was seventh most on the team. Reid also starred on the track team during his time at Western Carolina, earning All-Conference honors in numerous events.
Hill lost the entire 2008 season due to injury after playing in just one game for the Sioux City Bandits of the IFL. Hill was scheduled to leave Sioux City for a tryout with the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League but was injured in the game one day before his tryout.
Hill played two seasons (2000-01) at Riverside Community College in Riverside, CA before receiving numerous NFL tryouts over the next couple years.
Wild General Manager Mike McCoy says “Jason was the best running back we faced last season. We are very fortunate to have him on our roster and see what he can do for a full season. Lamont is an exciting player as well and they will be a great tandem.”