Wichita Falls, Texas Judge Barney Fudge and his wife Lisa traveled all the way to South Carolina to watch his beloved Texas A&M Aggies destroy the South Carolina Gamecocks 52-28 last week. Fudge, who is the judge of the 78th District Court, said today he was "really impressed" with new quarterback Kenny Hill.
Fudge further said, "It looks like A&M has found a more than capable replacement at quarterback. I was really impressed."
The Burkburnett, Texas, native was referring to the fact Hill even broke some records of last year's quarterback Johnny "Football" Manziel. Manziel won the Heisman Trophy as a redshirt freshman while leading the Aggies to a victory over national champion Alabama. Manziel was said to have improved his senior year enough to be drafted No. 1 by the Cleveland Browns in the NFL. Many Aggie fans wondered how the College Station team would do without the dazzling Manziel who could either pass or run with great success.
If the first game is a harbinger of things to come, Aggie fans have nothing to worry about this year. Following Hill's outstanding performance at quarterback, Texas A&M leaped 12 spots to No. 9 in today's AP Top 25 poll. Rankings are more criticial than normal this year as only four teams will make a playoff to determine the national championship.
When the former Southlake Carroll state champion finished dazzling the South Carolina team last week he had amassed 511 yards passing which broke Manziel's record for that category. Quite a debut in college football in the competitive SEC where the Gamecocks were actually favored to win the SEC East coming into this showdown. Look out, Alabama!
Hill was rated the number one prospect at quarterback coming out of high school in the Lone Star State. Coach Kevin Sumlin was able to recruit him even though he probably realized he would have to wait his turn to play until Manziel finished his college career in 2013.
Since the Aggies this year recruited the top rated high school quarterback in the nation from Arizona , many thought Hill might not even be the starter this year. But the unflappable signal caller showed in the first game why he won the job and is likely to keep it for as long as he wants it.
While Manziel and ESPN sportscasters have called him "Kenny Football" in the wake of his glorious performance, the new star made it clear he doesn't like that title. He has brought his own unique game to the college level, and he would prefer his own nickname.
The new star on the Aggie horizon prefers the moniker "Kenny Trill", according to an article in the Wichita Falls Times Record News today, Wednesday, Sept. 3. The word "trill" is a combination of the words true and real. It is a word Texas rapper Bun B. Trill OG has appropriated.
Hill was not actually named the starting quarterback of the College Station powerhouse until Aug. 16. He had to overcome the challenge from Kyle Allen, the quarterback rated best in the nation in high school. But Hill was no slouch in high school either.
Hill was the Texas Gatorade Player of the Year at Southlake Carroll where he flung the ball for 2,291 yards and 20 touchdowns. He may also be a running threat comparable to Manziel as he sprinted for 905 yards and 22 touchdowns during his record-smashing senior season.
The Aggies will host Lamar at their newly renovated Kyle Field on Saturday when Hill will continue at the helm of the explosive Aggie offense.
Against favored South Carolina Hill wasted no time taking over the game when he completed 27 of 35 passes in the first half alone for two touchdowns. The very first drive resulted in a touchdown with the phenomenal Hll completing four of his first five passes. Tra Carson toted the pigskin the final yard for the touchdown.
The Aggies also had no problem replacing bigtime talents receiver Mike Evans and blocker Jake Matthews. Ricky Seals-Jones proved to be a good option for Hill to throw his aerials to and Cedric Ogbuchi was outstanding in the blocking department.
Coach Kevin Sumlin said after the game, "We're not going anywhere, anytime soon."
It looks like Kenny "Trill" Hill may take the Aggies a lot of places and pretty quickly.
And Judge Fudge and his wife were well rewarded for making the long trip from Texas to South Carolina. Fudge is Presiding Judge of 78th District Court of Wichita County, Texas. He is a graduate of Texas A&M and was student body president.
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