Former Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill is making his mark as a TCU Horned Frog. He is quickly moving up the ranks and may very well be a starter when Arkansas travels to Fort Worth in 2016. If given the chance, can we get our revenge?
It has been over a year and a half since the Arkansas Razorbacks were defeated in overtime by the No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies. After blowing a 28-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter, this matchup went down in the books as “just another game” for the Hogs.
A year and a half later, I still feel salty about that game. More so than the 2015 matchup, where we again blew a lead and lost in overtime. Because 2014 had a better Aggie squad, we thought. They were one of the hottest teams in the nation, and getting taken down by an unranked Razorback team would have been great for our program. But there was another reason…
The Aggies had (very much at the time) heisman hopeful
While Arkansas is a team that heats as the season goes on, Texas A&M does the opposite. The past couple of seasons have captured that for the Aggies. In that 2014 season, A&M started off 5-0, but after beating the Hogs in that 35-28 OT game, they went on a three game losing streak (including a 59-0 loss to Alabama). This downward dive not only affected the Aggies, but it affected Kenny Hill’s playing time. In that same losing streak, Hill threw six interceptions, more than Brandon Allen threw in all of 2014.
Hill lost his playing time, leaving freshman Kyle Allen to fill the hole. After the season, the Aggie announced his transfer to TCU.
Now after sitting for the 2015 season, Kenny “Trill” Hill is eligible to play. But will he?
Although Hill is one of the more talented transfers in all of college football, this doesn’t mean he will start right away. There is still a heated QB battle in Fort Worth, one that might keep Hill on the sidelines once again.
Foster Sawyer, the soon-to-be Sophomore out of Fort Worth, is also looking to land that starting job this fall.
After appearing briefly in four games during the 2015 season, Sawyer has so far kept up with the talents of Hill during the spring practices. In TCU’s official spring game, Hill ran with the starting offense, getting six series while Sawyer ran five. However, neither noticeably outperformed the other. The QB competition for the TCU Horned Frogs will most likely be ongoing until the season begins.
Although neither of the quarterbacks have separated themselves, Kenny Hill should be the starter for the Horned Frogs. Two big things differ from Sawyer and Hill: collegiate experience and ability to fit in the system. Hill is the definition of a dual threat QB. After Trevone Boykin’s departure from the team last season, Hill is the best guy to have fill that role.
All that being said, can Arkansas get their revenge on Kenny Hill?
As much as I want to give a bold yes, it is a toss up. The best thing I can say right now is that it will be a great game to follow. But to get a good idea of how well Arkansas will perform, I have to know how good we are presently. Question marks at positions, coaching changes and new players are keeping Hog fans and I unsure about a lot of things.
Another thing I can say is that Arkansas vs Kenny Hill and TCU would be a extremely revealing matchup. It could tell us what kind of a team the Arkansas Razorbacks will be in 2016, especially on the defensive side. Some of our biggest issues on defense came with dual-threat quarterbacks. Hill got under our skin in 2014, so stopping him and his style of play could mean a big step forward.
We are still a ways away until the 2016 college football season kicks off (sad face). But hey, that just gives us more time to have anxiety and nightmares about every possible thing that could go wrong!
If Kenny Hill gets the start, do you think we can put the metaphorical dagger in him (or if push comes to shove, a real one)this time? Whether you think we can or not, us Hog fans realize that we can’t let Hill slip one by us again.
But if Gary Patterson wears the purple polo, we’re screwed. There’s no way around that.