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A New King of Hill for Texas A&M?

Jan 09, 2014 11:35AM ● By Anonymous

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By Christina Mlynski


The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Jonny Manziel took to his press conference Wednesday to declare that he is forgoing his junior and senior seasons with Texas A&M to become Johnny Pro Football in the 2014 National Football League draft.

Inevitably, Texas A&M knew they were going to have eventually turn the page and find their next quarterback, but the Aggies aren’t struggling for new talent. There are various options coming down the pipeline that are sure to give head coach Kevin Sumlin something to smile about – especially Southlake’s own Kenny Hill.

Hill appeared in a handful of games this season -- in true freshman form -- assisting blowout victories. He was 16-of-22 passing for 183 yards and a touchdown. His spotlight moment happened during the Aggies 65-28 win over Same Houston State. Hill threw 5-6 for 74 yards and a touchdown pass.

In August, Hill competed with Matt Joeckel for the right to backup quarterback. The powerhouse is dual-threat with plenty of experience in spread-style offenses.

The soon-to-be-sophomore is no stranger to leading a team to victory. Hill steered Southlake Carroll to a state championship where he received the 5A District Most Valuable Player Award. Additionally, Hill was named Gatorade’s 2012 Texas Player of the Year.

Other prospective Texas A&M quarterbacks include Kyle Allen from Scottsdale, Ariz. The incoming freshman enrolled for the spring semester and is among the top quarterback prospects in the country. Allen was 186-of-272 for 2,535 yards and 29 touchdowns against 10 interceptions his senior year.

Matt Joeckel is also in the running to become the Aggies new quarterback. He started the season opener against Rice when Manziel was suspended for the first half. He went 22-of-37 for 293 yards and two touchdowns in 2013.