TCU head coach Gary Patterson has named former Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill the Horned Frogs starter entering the 2016 season.
“We went through everything, you need to have two, and when it was all said and done Kenny Hill will be our guy,” said Patterson. “We are excited about where we are at.”
Hill passed for 2,649 yards and 23 touchdowns while completing 214-of-321 attempts (66.7 completion percentage) in eight games of action for the Aggies in 2014 – taking on the task of replacing former Heisman quarterback Johnny Manziel.
"It's something you always dream of, and always want," Hill said before the start of camp. "But I wasn't really ready for it."
Hill struggled with the limelight and was eventually cited for public intoxication. After taking some time off and just being a student at Tarrant County College, Hill enrolled at TCU.
Hill beat out sophomore Foster Sawyer for the job, who started four games in 2015 – completing 11-of-27 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns to three interceptions.
“Both of them threw the ball well, but (it is about) getting himself out problems and some of the things he could do in the running game,” said Patterson. “Kenny has a lot to prove, but like I told him, our job is to just win. It is not to put up big numbers. Just put the ball where it is supposed to be.”
Patterson hasn’t talked to co-offensive coordinator Sunny Cumbie, but Sawyer might get a few series in the future to stay fresh.
“We have always done that,” said Patterson.
* The Frogs are simulating a game weekend starting tomorrow. It will be a Thursday practice and everything will be about South Dakota State.
* Kicker Jonathan Song (toe) could potentially be out longer than just game one Patterson said on Thursday.
* Patterson hasn’t been happy with the wide receiver group, “honestly we have been dropping a lot of balls.”
* TCU wide receiver Taj Williams has put on nearly 20-pounds said Patterson and really has changed himself as a receiver.
* ESPN personality Kirk Herbstreit picked the Frogs in his top four this week. “He hasn’t been to my practices,” said Patterson. “I don’t know how you can with a new quarterback and as many young players. We only have seven seniors.” Patterson did say it is a sign of respect. “If I act surprise, it’s like we don’t belong.
* No word yet on how many guys will not be redshirt this season.