Former Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill has remained fairly quiet since he left the school. One of his current coaches, however, had something to say about Hill’s time with the Aggies.
In a feature on how the current TCU quarterback has turned his life around, Sports On Earth’s David Ubben asked Hill’s current coaches about the quarterback’s departure from College Station. TCU co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham said the environment at Texas A&M wasn’t good for Hill.
“It’s kind of unfair,” Meacham said. “You’re a young kid, you roll into a school where the Heisman Trophy winner is a guy that misses meetings and does whatever he wants to, and in your mind, you think, ‘Well, that’s just how you’re supposed to do it.’ So, I don’t think that helped him a whole lot.”
Hill became the Aggies’ starter in 2014 after former Heisman winner Johnny Manziel left for the NFL. Manziel had a reputation for partying in College Station and was often criticized for his off-field behavior.
Hill had off-the-field troubles of his own. He was arrested on charges of public intoxication in the spring of 2014. He was later suspended during the 2014 season for a violation of team rules.
The quarterback transferred out of Texas A&M soon after that. He enrolled at TCU in the summer of 2015. Meacham said that move was very good for Hill.
“My initial thought was I’m all for it, because I watched the South Carolina game,” Meacham said, referring to the game where Hill broke the Texas A&M single-game passing record. “(Co-offensive coordinator) Sonny (Cumbie) did a very thorough investigation of his background and what took place and his side of it.
“Talked to teachers, parents, coaches on his behalf to assess what we thought in terms of some of the issues he had, and in his case, moving away was probably the best thing that ever happened to him.”
Hill is competing with redshirt sophomore QB Foster Sawyer for the starting job at TCU.
The Aggies lost both of their starting quarterbacks from 2015 to transfers in December. Former Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight is likely to start for the Aggies in 2016 as a graduate transfer.