The TCU Horned Frogs are beginning to garner some national attention.
Their quarterback Kenny Hill, however, isn’t a name that’s often discussed when it comes to college football’s elite, despite leading his team to a 4-0 record and No. 8 national ranking.
Unless others, even within his conference, Hill’s name won’t come up in the Heisman discussion and few rave about his pro potential, but when it comes to his status among the college ranks, USA Today’s Erick Smith argues that Hill isn’t getting enough attention.
“Quarterbacks of unbeaten teams in the top 10 rarely go without fanfare. TCU’s Kenny Hill, however, has been under the radar in leading the Horned Frogs to a 4-0 start. Known more for his athletic ability and penchant for mistakes in his one season as a starter at Texas A&M and last year with TCU, Hill has blossomed into an efficient passer, completing almost 73% of his throws with nine touchdowns and just three interceptions. Yet even with road wins at Arkansas and Oklahoma State, the senior barely merits a mention as one of the better quarterbacks in the country. Perhaps that will change games against West Virginia, Kansas State and Oklahoma looming.”
Statistically, it’s quite clear that the senior gunslinger isn’t among the nation’s premier passers, as his 965 yards ranks No. 56 nationally and No. 6 within the Big 12 conference. His nine touchdown passes also rank outside of the top-25 in college football and right in the middle of the road at No. 5 in the Big 12, but that doesn’t change the overall results.
Hill’s completion percentage of 72.7 percent is up considerably from last season’s 61.1 percent clip and as a result, TCU’s offense is clicking, ranking No 5 nationally with 47.8 points per game. And of course, a dominant defense helps, but the Horned Frogs remain unblemished with their closest margin of victory being a 44-31 win over then-No. 6 Oklahoma State.
Sure, he may not be the most statistically appealing passer in the sport, but Hill is getting it done for the Horned Frogs.
Despite the team success, is Hill still being overlooked as one of college football’s upper-echelon quarterbacks?