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New Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill had everyone saying, “Johnny Who?”

Kenny Hill of Texas A&M has plenty of reasons to flash a thumbs-up following a 52-28 win over South Carolina. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Remember when Texas A&M had that exciting quarterback, the one who played fearlessly, set records and carved up opposing defenses? No, not Kenny Hill. NOT Kenny Hill. You know, the guy before him. Johnny Something-or-other.

Suffice it to say that Aggies fans are not missing Johnny Football (né Manziel) much these days. Not after Hill, his unheralded replacement, marched into South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium and dropped a 52-28 pasting on the No. 9 Gamecocks.

Along the way, Hill completed 44 passes (a school record) for 511 yards (another record) and three touchdowns. The previous passing-yardage record, held by (of course) Manziel, had been 464. Mr. Football never completed more than 32 passes for the Aggies.

All of which had folks on Twitter asking, “Johnny Who?” A lot of folks.

Aaaaaaaand, so on. As that last tweet reflects, variations on “Kenny Football” also proved exceedingly, and predictably, popular. So Hill is clearly a name to be reckoned with this season, and we can expect to hear it connected to the Heisman race starting right about … now.

Here’s a fun fact: Hill was born in December of 1994, just a few months after his father, Ken Hill, finished second in the National League Cy Young voting. That Hill went 16-5, with a 3.32 ERA, for the Expos. He also appeared in the 1995 World Series for the Indians, and enjoyed a 14-year major league career, finishing with a record of 117-109. So it would seem that Ken gave Kenny more than a little of his genetic predisposition for athletic excellence.

Oh, and as it happened, Manziel also played on Thursday night, in a preseason game against the Bears. The former Texas A&M star completed 6 of 17 passes for 83 yards and a score, and ran for 55 yards. Not terrible, but nothing that would get Aggies fans asking, “Kenny Who?”

Des writes for the Early Lead and the D.C. Sports Bog, scouring the Web to bring readers items of interest, both serious and amusing. He also covers fantasy football, as well as fitness topics for the MisFits.



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