It has been a long and winding road for Kenny Hill. Now set to embark on his final collegiate season, the senior TCU quarterback recently took the time to reflect on his journey with Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated.
Much like his predecessor, Hill achieved too much success early in his Texas A&M career. The very success that all young quarterbacks strive to achieve would ultimately bury Hill in College Station. Following in Johnny Manziel’s footsteps couldn’t have been easy, and while bursting onto the scene in the debut of live football on the SEC Network may seem like a dream come true, Hill’s initial success propelled him to more fame than he could handle.
After failing to finish the season as the team’s starter and losing his starting role to Kyle Allen, Hill was the first high-profile quarterback to decide to leave Kevin Sumlin’s A&M program. If given the opportunity to go back in time and provide himself with some advice, what would Hill say?
“I would tell myself not to worry so much about going to parties and getting out and meeting all these people,” Hill said according to SI. “I wouldn’t worry about all that stuff.”
Following his dazzling debut, which featured over 500 yards passing and three touchdowns on the road at South Carolina, Hill seemingly became the new face of Aggie football overnight. Hill was even given the nickname “Kenny Trill,” which his parents attempted to trademark.
It’s hard not to imagine all the success going to his head, something Hill admits happened. According to the former Aggie QB, he believed he was on the same path Manziel had been on before him.
“When I was coming out of high school, I was going to A&M to sit behind Johnny for this one year, go in, play two then I’m out to the league after three,” Hill said.
Of course, it didn’t work out that way.
Now set to begin his fifth and final college season, a wiser and more mature Hill is planning to lead TCU back to national prominence. If he’s able to accomplish that lofty goal and he becomes the new face of the Horned Frogs, there’s a good chance Hill handles the spotlight much better than he ever did before.