When Johnny Manziel decided to leave Texas A&M for the NFL, the Aggie faithful were anxious and worried about who their next quarterback would be. In his time at College Station, Manziel was the most exciting player in college football and made Texas A&M games a must-watch. When the 2014-2015 season opened, it did not take long for Aggies’ fans to move on to their new quarterback.
In his first game as starting quarterback, Kenny Hill threw for 511 passing yards and three touchdowns in a 52-28 rout of South Carolina. In his first start, Hill broke Johnny Manziel’s school record of most passing yards in a game, making him an instant draw for Texas A&M football tickets. At age 19, he became an instant celebrity on campus, one year after being quiet in the shadow of Johnny Football. Kenny Hill wanted to his nickname of his own, “Kenny Trill.”
Hill led the Aggies to a 5-0 record, throwing two more 300-yard games, and accumulated 17 touchdown passes and only two interceptions. Hill was right in the thick of the Heisman Trophy conversation. Unfortunately, it all quickly came falling down.
Over the next three games, Hill became human, throwing six interceptions and losing 59-0 to Alabama. Hill would then be suspended two games for violating the team rules. Before the season started, Hill was arrested for public intoxication after he was found passed out outside a local bar. It never came out why Hill was suspended, and it’s not right to make assumptions, but one thing could have to do with the other.
The Alabama game would be the last game Hill would play for Texas A&M, as he transferred to TCU in January of 2015. He would first enroll in Tarrant County College in Fort Worth to prove to himself and the TCU football program he can focus on his academics without getting in trouble. He would join the team in 2015, learning behind Trevone Boykin, and running the scout team in practice. Hill went from breaking Johnny Manziel’s single-game passing record to playing a scout quarterback within one year.
Hill is now the TCU starting quarterback, and has long ditched his Kenny Trill nickname. Hill showed flashes of being a great college quarterback at Texas A&M, but unfortunately couldn’t get out of his own way. He now has a clean slate under head coach Gary Patterson and a new home with the TCU Horned Frogs.