The Texas A&M Aggies have named the successor to Johnny Manziel. Head coach Kevin Sumlin has announced that Kenny Hill will be the starter for the Aggies when they face the South Carolina Gamecocks on August 28.
The choice of Hill, a sophomore, is somewhat of a gamble. Sure, Hill has more experience than his challenger for the position, true freshman Kyle Allen. While Allen was lighting up high school scoreboards last fall, Hill did see a bit of action for A&M, completing 16-of-22 through the air for 183 yards and a touchdown.
And yes, Hill is more mobile than Allen and will give the Aggies the same type of dual-threat quarterback that they have had the past two seasons in Manziel.
Hill also has a firmer grasp of the offense than Allen, and he should. Allen was able to participate in spring drills with the Aggies, but that’s not the same as actually running the offense in a game against another opponent, which Hill has done.
One knock on Hill is that he was arrested during spring practice for public intoxication. Some say that this showed a lack of discipline on the part of Hill, who knew he was competing for the starting quarterback job and should not have put himself in that position.
Another concern is that if Hill remains the starter through this year and the next two, will the super-talented Allen stick around to play just two years? Or will he transfer elsewhere in order to get playing time. Allen was one of the nation’s top quarterback recruits last season and is seen as the quarterback of the future in College Station.
Sumlin is taking a bit of a chance by starting Hill, but he did the same thing just two years ago with a little-known quarterback named Manziel. That choice worked out very well. It remains to see how this one turns out.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.