FRISCO, Texas — Kenny Hill didn’t have the kind of season many expected in 2016, and TCU coach Gary Patterson thinks he knows why.
“For me, I think I’ve got to do a better job of helping him with his swagger,” Patterson said Monday at Big 12 Media Days. “I was pretty tough [on him] early. I think [he] hadn’t been through that coaching style. So for me, get him back into it.”
Patterson was hard on his quarterback for much of last season. He criticized Hill after the first game of the year because the quarterback was smiling on the sideline after throwing an interception. Hill was benched multiple times during the season in favor of Foster Sawyer, who has since transferred to Stephen F. Austin.
That first season was a transition for Hill. Now Patterson wants him to get back to playing with the same confidence he had earlier in his career. He also is looking for a better performance from the offense as a whole.
TCU led the nation in drops with 38 last season, and the offensive line struggled to protect Hill at times. Patterson expects the offense to be better in both those areas. The Frogs will also try to cater their offense to what Hill does well.
“And then we’ve got to put him in an offense that bends toward his strengths,” Patterson said. “So we’ll — as we go forward starting with two-a-days — try to do that with all of our quarterbacks to make sure that we put them in an offense that fits us so we can do the things we need to do.”
Hill ran for 609 yards last season, and the Frogs have one of the best backfields in the conference. So the changes on offense might lean toward featuring the run game. Patterson said the offense won’t be any different schematically, but he does want his team to be “more physical.”
Regardless, any changes TCU makes will be geared toward one goal: getting Hill to play with the confidence everyone expected him to have last season.