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Texas A&M names Johnny Manziel’s successor

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It’s always difficult to follow a legend.

Johnny Manziel‘s shadow looms large over College Station, but Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill is ready to accept the challenge and be the Aggies’ new leader.

There was a time when Manziel was competing with Jameill Showers to be the Aggies’ starting quarterback. Manziel overtook Showers during summer camp and the legend took off from there.

Hill had to compete with highly-touted freshman Kyle Allen to be Manziel’s replacement. Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin was expected to name a starter by the end of the week. Sumlin announced Hill as their starter Saturday via Instagram.

The announcement comes as bit of a surprise. Many — including CFT — expected Allen to be named the Aggies’ quarterback.

As Manziel’s backup, Hill played in four games last season. He completed 72.7 percent of his passes during very limited opportunities.

Now that Hill has been named the team’s starter, the questions fall on Allen and his status with the team. When will the talented freshman see playing time this season? Can he overcome Hill and become the starter? Or will he eventually transfer after losing the quarterback competition?

Time will tell. But the Aggies’ offense is now Hill’s to steer.

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9 Responses to “Texas A&M names Johnny Manziel’s successor”
  1. greenwave81 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:40 PM

    Too tall an order for a true fish to handle IMO. Yes, I know JM started as a freshman but it was as a redshirt. That year can make a heck of a difference.

  2. 4512dawg4512 says: Aug 16, 2014 9:04 PM

    Just going by that picture alone, looks like he has a very soft release (Vince Young, Teddy Bridgwater) style. Could be wrong but, we’ll find out soon

  3. goodfieldnohit says: Aug 16, 2014 10:51 PM

    Hill is capable of throwing into tight windows, and is more mobile than Allen. He’s also been in the system, and has seen live game action.

    If he sucks in the first half against South Carolina, I have no doubt that Allen will play.

    It’s his job to win or lose.

  4. 700levelvet says: Aug 17, 2014 4:54 AM

    Get on with you’re lives….

  5. watchfullhose says: Aug 17, 2014 8:34 AM

    Kenny football? Nah…

  6. tgaustin says: Aug 17, 2014 10:48 AM

    Can he play defense, also?

  7. keltictim says: Aug 17, 2014 12:55 PM

    So far in the open practices I have been pleasantly surprised by The USC defense, this young man has a tall order right out of the gate.

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 17, 2014 6:10 PM

    I have no doubt that this offense will be highly effective with Hill under center, or in the shotgun as is probably the case.

    Sumlin offenses are always effective, even with 3rd string QBs.

    The big reason it’s Hill over Allen is the experience and the fact we’re opening on the road against what looks like a very potent USCe defense…

    Can’t wait though….. less than 2 weeks now…. It’s so close that I’ll get Aggie football before I get paid again….


  9. dg0122 says: Aug 17, 2014 7:15 PM

    It’s an aggy tradition to name the quarterback who gets arrested ad the starter

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