Arkansas travels to face TCU in a huge Week 2 non-conference clash on Sept. 10.
The Horned Frogs return loads of talented, experienced players on defense, but it’s anyone’s guess as to who will replace Trevone Boykin behind center in TCU’s high-powered offense.
TCU coach Gary Patterson didn’t provide any clarity during his news conference Monday at Big 12 Media Days.
“We will judge quarterbacks like we always have,” Patterson said. “Whoever makes the offense better and who can lead the team and make less mistakes.”
Patterson and his staff will choose between Kenny Hill and Foster Sawyer, who battled throughout spring practices for the job.
Hill, of course, is the former Texas A&M signal caller who generated some Heisman Trophy buzz early in the 2014 season. Known then by the nickname “Kenny Trill,” Hill threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and overtime of A&M’s 35-28 win over Arkansas on Sept. 27, 2014.
After he lost Texas A&M’s starting job to true freshman Kyle Allen later that season, Hill transferred to TCU and sat out last season, per NCAA rules.
Even though he hasn’t won the TCU job just yet, Big 12 media representatives voted Hill as the preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.
Sawyer, for his part, has appeared in four career games, completing 11 of 27 pass attempts for 155 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Boykin — the man Hill and Sawyer are fighting to replace — was one of college football’s best quarterbacks over the last two seasons. He finished fourth in the 2014 Heisman Trophy voting.
“I’m really kind of excited to see what all unfolds because it’s easier when you have unknowns,” Patterson said Monday. “As a head coach, I have a lot more energy and excited about this season going into it than I was a year ago. So we have a couple of weeks and we will get ready to get it.”