It was named just a couple of weeks ago that Kenny Hill will be the one that would replace Johnny Manziel, and help the Aggies nation move on from the Johnny Football era. Hill did see some playing time in his freshman year in games that were seemingly out of hand. He impressed in limited playing time by completing 16 of 22 passes, and even showed off some mobility by rushing for 37 yards on 7 rushes. This gave the Aggies hope for the future for possibly more success on the way post-Johnny Manziel.
Hill was then set to open the season Thursday night against a tough South Carolina team, coming off a successful season that they relied heavily on their defense. They did suffer a tough loss in Jadeveon Clowney in the draft, but their defense still had high expectations as they were ranked 9th in the preseason. South Carolina also had a 16 game winning streak at home, all of this making Hill's debut as a starter even tougher heading in to the season. It didn't look so tough Thursday night though, and at times it even looked too easy.
Many were stunned not only by the upset A&M pulled off in the season opener, but by how they did it.They blew out the Gamecocks 52-28 in a game that never was close, and was the Kenny Hill show in his debut. Hill threw for 299 yards and 2 TD's in the first half, including completing 16 of his first 20 passes. The only other A&M QB to do that....Johnny Manziel. Kenny Hill would go on to pass for 511 yards, which is a new school record, breaking the old record held by yes....Johnny Manziel. He looked poised as ever, and it was as if the pressure placed on his shoulders didn't phase him. Kenny Hill made it clear Thursday night...No Johnny, No Problem.