There were a lot of questions flying around college football about how Texas A&M could possibly recover from losing arguably their greatest ever player, Johnny Manziel.
The Aggies were expected by some to regress without the Heisman-winning Manziel, First Team All-American offensive lineman Jake Matthews and star wide receiver Mike Evans, all three of whom were taken in the first round of the draft.
Enter Kenny Hill. The sophomore quarterback barely got a touch of the football when Manziel was at College Station, but the play caller looks like a senior under center and completely blew past anything that Johnny Football managed in his accomplished college football career.
Hill broke Manziel's single-game passing record with 511 yards, as A&M beat No. 9 ranked South Carolina 52-28 on Thursday night, obliterating the Gamecocks' 18-game home win streak.
The son of a former Major League Baseball pitcher, Hill completed an astonishing 44 passes on the night - good enough for the school record - as well as getting three touchdown throws to boot.
No Manziel Comparisons
The comparisons to Manziel are obviously going to be made, but in truth the two are very different players and people. Hill likes to stay in the pocket a lot more than Manziel did in his time at College Station, as you can tell by all those completions. He's a lot more patient in waiting for his receivers to get open as well.
And off the field is where it shows further. Manziel was a lightning rod for attention and loved the limelight as an Aggie. Hill is the exact opposite, saying last night that he couldn't wait to finish his first big press conference as a winning QB.
Hill is a star, if he can follow this up that is, and has emerged onto the scene much like Jameis Winston did last year at Florida State. Putting him on the Heisman Watch is way too premature, but it looks like Texas A&M fans didn't have to wait long to find their new talisman.
College football has a new star quarterback, just don't call him Kenny Football.