A&M QB Kenny Hill on the Heisman radar after record-breaking game

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer
Kenny Hill set school records for passing yards and pass attempts against South Carolina. (USATSI)
Kenny Hill set school records for passing yards and attempts against South Carolina. (USATSI)

The reverberations from Kenny Hill's debut as Texas A&M's starting quarterback shook the SEC from Columbia from Columbia. Hill picked apart the South Carolina defense, completing 44 of 60 passes while connecting with 12 different receivers and becoming the first Texas A&M quarterback to throw for more than 500 yards.

Texas A&M Most Passing Yards in Game
YardsPlayerOpponent (Year)
511Kenny HillS. Carolina (2014)
464Johnny ManzielAlabama (2013)
454Johnny ManzielAuburn (2013)
453Johnny ManzielArkansas (2012)
449Ryan TannehillTexas Tech (2010)

That's right, not even Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel ever threw for 500 yards (his career high was 464) during his prolific career in College Station. With Texas A&M's nasty offensive line and explosive talent at wide receiver, it is likely that Hill will continue to put up big numbers throughout the season.

It is too early to deem Hill -- who also set a school record for pass attempts -- as the new Heisman favorite, but he is certainly one to watch if the Texas A&M offense can power the Aggies into SEC West contention. Sportsbook.com was on top of things Thursday night, adding the sophomore quarterback to its Heisman Trophy odds board before the game had even hit the fourth quarter.

From off the board to 20/1 before the game was even over -- I'd say they are taking Hill, and Texas A&M, seriously.

Even Johnny Football himself congratulated Hill on the performance after the Browns' preseason game on Thursday night.

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