College Football: Is Johnny Manziel Already Just Another ‘Johnny Come Lately’?

2013 Texas A&M commit Kenny Hill is already drawing comparisons to his future teammate and Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel. Photo: MaxPreps

Johnny Manziel has already made a name for himself—one of historic proportions—after following up a whirlwind, record-breaking, season for Texas A&M by becoming the first-ever freshman to win the coveted Heisman Trophy. But, that appears to already be yesterday’s news as some are already looking towards the next potential ‘Johnny Heisman’…well, at least they’re having the conversation about who he might be.

Kenny Hill is a three-star quarterback—currently committed to the Aggies for 2013—and his numbers are Manziel-like to say the very least. That said, at least one analyst is already pegging the young dynamo as “Manziel 2.0”.

“…The three-star quarterback and Elite 11 regional finalist is one of two quarterback recruits for the Aggies’ 2013 class — the other being ESPN 150 signal-caller Kohl Stewart — and Hill’s play all season has been a reminder of sorts of Manziel, a Heisman Trophy favorite this weekend. 

Hill has the kind of numbers some quarterbacks would give their non-throwing arms for. He also has the numbers that would make the top running backs jealous. For the season, Hill has completed 187 of 273 passes (68.5 percent) for 3,030 yards and 26 touchdowns, with only three interceptions. Additionally, Hill has rushed for 1,322 yards and another 28 scores.

Manziel completed 273 of 400 passes (68.2 percent) for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions in his first season starting for the Aggies. He rushed for 1,181 yards and 19 touchdowns.

And Hill isn’t far from matching the eye-popping numbers Manziel put as a high school senior. Manziel completed 228 of 347 passes (65.7 percent) for 3,609 yards and 45 touchdowns and 5 interceptions, and he rushed for 1,674 yards and 30 touchdowns.” (Damon Sayles, “After Manziel? Kenny Football”,, 12/7/12)

Hill is a good prospect. He makes good decisions with the football in his hands (be it running or throwing) and is more than impressive throwing passes on the run. He’s also a smart runner—he looks to throw first and foremost, but he’s adept enough at reading progressions that he can buy time on a play if his first or second option isn’t available. He’ll be a nice fit in an offense like the  one the Aggies run, particularly sitting behind a guy like Manziel for a couple seasons. In short, he’s got some nice upside, but it’s unfair to already be making the Manziel comparisons.

Heck, lets let Johnny Manziel enjoy being “Johnny Manziel” for a little while first, eh? Just a suggestion.


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