Johnny Manziel. Johnny Football. Johnny Heisman. Johnny Drama. Call him whatever you want. Right now, the former Texas A&M Aggies QB is riding the pine with the Cleveland Browns, turning in one unimpressive performance after another. Meanwhile, a new star was born for the College Station fans, as Kenny Hill took the torch and ran with it – or threw it – against the South Carolina Gamecocks on the road in a 52-28 romp for A&M. In his first start for the Aggies, Hill completed 44-of-60 passes for 511 yards and three touchdowns in a huge season opening defeat of the No. 9 team in the country on the road in a very difficult environment. Prior to last night’s devastating loss, South Carolina had the longest active home winning streak in the country. Hill emphatically put an end to that, as well as the question of could anyone possibly fill in for Manziel under center for the Aggies.
The answer was a resounding yes.
We may not quite be at that point, although, if you look at their stats, Hill was light-years ahead of Manziel in terms of their stats in their first ever college football starts. Manziel lost his first ever start against the Florida Gators, completing 23-of-30 passes for 173 yards. He did rush for 60 yards and a touchdown, but his team lost. Hill won, and completed 44 passes against what was projected to be a very good defense on a team with national championship aspirations.
In his very first NCAA start, Hill completed more passes than Manziel ever did in one game in his career as an Aggies star. Hill passed for more yards than Manziel ever did in one game. In case you were wondering how close it was, Manziel never completed more than 32 passes in a game. He never threw for more than 464 yards in a game.
I’m just saying.
Hill was extremely impressive last night. He really was. And I’m not trying to take away anything from what he was able to accomplish. But, is there even a slight chance that it may not be the player, but rather the system implemented and run by head coach Kevin Sumlin and phenom offensive coordinator Jake Spavital? Only time will tell.
But, for now, Hill is the new star at Texas A&M. Better yet, he is poised and humble. He isn’t flashing dollar signs or posing in Vegas. He is leading his team to what may turn out to be a very special season at College Station.
At the same time, Manziel is disappointing his coaches and teammates with his poor play and even worse attitude. Hill is the new big man on campus, while Manziel is a small fish in a big pond, who will be riding the bench to begin his rookie season in the NFL.
I wonder if Hill could have beaten out Brian Hoyer for the starting QB job with the Browns?
Again, Johnny who?