College Station, TX, United States (4E Sports) – After his record-setting debut as starting quarterback, Texas A&M’s Kenny Hill is now the biggest star on campus.
“It’s been crazy, it’s kinda fun,” said Hill, who threw for school-record 511 yards in the Aggies’ 52-28 win over South Carolina. “I’m just trying to live my life like I always have.
“I was just walking around with Johnny [Manziel], and he got that [attention]. I thought, ‘That won’t happen to me.’ And now it’s here,” added Hill, who replaced Manziel, who was drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Browns.
However, Hill said he’s not ready for his own nickname. Manziel was dubbed Johnny Football during his time with the Aggies.
According to Hill, he has heard everything, from Kenny Thrill, Kenny Trill, Kenny Chill to Kenny Touchdown.
Despite all the attention he’s getting, Hill declines to take pictures with fellow students and fans, upon the advice of head coach Kevin Sumlin.
“Coach Sumlin won’t let me take pictures,” Hill said. “It’s one of those things Johnny got into so much trouble with pictures, and he doesn’t want me to get into trouble.”
Sumlin said he did not issue that edict, but he did tell Hill that if there’s something he didn’t want to do, to blame it on the coach.
Hill already knows about the up and downside to fame. He was suspended this spring after being cited for public intoxication, which made headlines.
“It hurt a little bit, but I deserved it,” Hill said. “It was an embarrassing time. It’s something I had to work through, and I did, and I’m still working.”
With the win, the Aggies moved to No. 9 ahead of their Saturday’s home opener against Lamar at Kyle Field, which was partially renovated to increase seating capacity to 106,000.