Yes, I know: The Trill is gone.
Now, with that out of the way, there have been rumblings of late that Kenny Hill was considering a transfer from Texas A&M. Overnight, it appears those rumors are coming closer to fruition as Travis Haney of ESPN.com writes that, citing sources close to both the player and the program, “Hill has asked for his release from the school and is expected to transfer.”
Considering that Hill lost the starting quarterback job to Kyle Allen in late October, in part because of a two-game suspension and in large part for poor performance, the news isn’t all that surprising.
What is surprising is how far and how fast Hill’s star plummeted.
In the season opener, Hill torched the South Carolina defense for over 500 yards of total offense, leading to premature Heisman speculation and his parents trademarking a nickname. Hill followed that up with eight passing touchdowns and no interceptions in wins over Lamar and Rice, adding to the hype. Over the next five games, however, he tossed eight picks.
After the 59-0 embarrassment at the hands of Alabama in mid-October, head coach Kevin Sumlin reopened the quarterback competition during the subsequent bye week. A few days later, Hill’s two-game suspension for violating unspecified team rules opened the door for the true freshman Allen to take over the starting job for the Nov. 1 win over Louisiana-Monroe and, as it turns out, for the remainder of the year.
The combination of Hill’s missteps on and off the field along with Allen’s pedigree made the latter’s ascension to the starting job an inevitable. Allen came to College Station last year as a five-star member of the Aggies’ 2014 recruiting class, rated as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 7 player at any position.
As for Hill’s future, that’s unclear. Coming out of high school in Southlake, Tex., as a four-star 2013 recruit, Hill held offers from, among others, Baylor, Houston, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Missouri, TCU and Texas Tech. TCU is already the rumored front-runner.
If Hill ends up with the Horned Frogs, he’d have to sit out the 2015 season and then have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016.