Running back balances football, haircuts

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

STILLWATER (TNS) — Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill’s many talents are well documented.

Running with the ball, catching passes, blocking and being a leader.

There’s one talent some of his teammates are particularly fond of, but Hill puts it to the side when football season arrives.

“He’s our barber,” said fellow running back LD Brown. “He’s always crowded, having to turn people down. I think my last cut was last week.”

The Big 12’s best running back from a year ago, and one of the top returning backs in the country, Hill is a go-to guy for many OSU players needing a haircut.

But this time of year, he has to focus on those other talents.

Q: So you’re one of the team barbers?

A: (Laughs) Yeah, I can cut hair. I’ve been cutting hair for a long time. I know it doesn’t look like it, but yeah, I do.

You cut your own?

Yeah, it’s been a minute since I cut my hair. I’ve been lazy the last few weeks.

Is that something you’ve just always liked doing?

I started in high school, because I had the same kind of cut. I would just get (the sides and back) cut and it was, like, $20. So I was like, I’ll just cut it myself, and I learned from there. When I got here, I started doing a whole bunch of different type of styles, and got good at that. That’s how it started.

You’re a busy guy. Do you have to turn teammates away?

A lot. Yeah, I’m retired right now, so they gonna be looking rough for the next couple months. I shut it down. I don’t have time for it (during the season).

How do you view this team’s goals?

It’s always a goal to win the Big 12 championship, and then from there, to go win the national championship.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I just lead by example, give 110 percent every day. And that feeds off to everybody else. If they don’t see me going 110 percent, they don’t go 110 percent, so that’s how I lead.

What have you seen from quarterback Taylor Cornelius as he transitions into the starting job?

He’s always had the starter’s mentality. He could’ve easily transferred, gone somewhere else and started. But now it’s his turn. I know he’s gonna do great. He’s a great quarterback, a great person. He makes fantastic plays, and you guys will see that in the fall.

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