ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit thinks a Heisman Trophy campaign could be brewing in Fort Worth through 5 weeks of the 2017 season.
Herbstreit said TCU quarterback Kenny Hill could be a dark-horse Heisman Trophy contender during an interview this week on the Awful Announcing Podcast. Hill was one of two names brought to the table, along with Stanford running back Bryce Love.
“I think Kenny Hill could be a guy and I think TCU could be a team to look out for in the coming weeks,” Herbstreit said, when asked who could be flying under-the-radar in the Heisman Trophy race.
It’s not the first time that Herbstreit has shown some love to the Horned Frogs this season. Herbstreit picked TCU to win the Big 12 title in the preseason, in addition to predicting the Horned Frogs to upset Oklahoma State in Week 4. Thus far, TCU has checked one of those two off the list.
A brand-new Kenny Hill?
After bumpy debut season as TCU’s starting quarterback in 2016, Kenny Hill has shown significant improvement at the helm of the offense thus far this season
At 117 pass attempts through four games, Hill is far short of being on pace to match his 440 attempts in 2016, but that’s not exactly a bad thing. The senior from Southlake, Texas has completed an impressive 72.7 percent of his passes this season – throwing 9 touchdowns and posting a total quarterback rating of 162.2.
Hill has been intercepted 3 times in 2017 – which would also bring him down from his forgettable total of 13 interceptions last season if the pace holds. Of course, fewer pass attempts will help that cause, but accuracy is accuracy.
The competition for Hill across college football, let alone the Big 12, will likely make it an uphill task for him to take home the most coveted player trophy in the sport once December rolls around. But if Hill can limit his mistakes and lead his team to victory against yet another preseason Heisman contender in the form of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield next month, Herbstreit’s prediction could very well pan out.
Hill and TCU offense have yet another chance to boost their resume on Saturday when the Horned Frogs face Will Grier and the No. 23 West Virginia Mountaineers. Kickoff for the top-25 matchup is set for 2:30 p.m. CT at Amon G. Carter Stadium.