Kenny Hill is officially the next great quarterback to take the helm for the Texas A&M Aggies. Coach Kevin Sumlin named Hill the starter for the season opener on Saturday night. The sophomore beat out incoming freshman Kyle Allen, who enrolled early to compete for the starting job.
Entering last season, Texas A&M was ecstatic with the arrival of Kenny Hill as the future replacement of Johnny Manziel. Hill even got to receive some playing time during his freshman season as the third string quarterback. However, the Aggies have an embarrassment of riches at the quarterback position now.
In 2013, Hill completed 16 of 22 passes with one touchdown, as he played sporadically over five games. While he was looked at as the next great, Texas A&M received the commitment from five star quarterback Kyle Allen.
Allen’s skills are undeniable and Sportsline.com notes that he was the No.10 overall football prospect entering the 2014 season. According to Coach Sumlin, the two quarterbacks were dead even heading into the final closed scrimmage on Friday.
If the quarterback race was this close, Allen should be expected to see some time on the field if Hill struggles early. They face off with SEC foe South Carolina, on the road. In Hill’s first game as a starter, he’ll be facing a top 10 team away from home. That’s no easy feat, especially when it’s a Thursday night game in Williams-Brice Stadium.
If you combine the quarterbacks, they each bring a different aspect to the Aggies’ style of play. It shouldn’t be a surprise if both quarterbacks receive some playing time early in the game.
Certainly, Hill will be compared to Johnny Manziel leading up to and throughout the first game. Depending on his output on August 28, he will be recognized as the next best thing, or feeling the heat from the backup.