Hill sets records, earns player of the week honor

Published on Tuesday, 2 September 2014 23:26 - Written by Phil Hicks, phicks@tylerpaper.com

Don’t call him Kenny Football.

Maybe Kenny Thrill Hill will do.

But you can certainly call the Texas A&M quarterback the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for the first week of the 2014 college football season.

Cindy Smoak, of SPORTyler and the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, announced Hill as the Week 1 winner on Tuesday.

Hill, a sophomore from Southlake Carroll High School, was dazzling in his debut for the Aggies in a 52-28 victory over South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina on Thursday.

In his first career start, Hill broke 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel’s single-game passing record with 511 yards. Hill completed 44 of 60 passes with three touchdowns in the victory, ending South Carolina’s 18-game home win streak.

Hill was named the Southeastern Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week as well. He shared the honor with Georgia running back Todd Gurley.

Manziel had the previous record of 464 yards against Alabama in 2013.

Hill’s 44 completions broke the old A&M record of 40 set by Jerrod Johnson against Oklahoma State in 2010. Hill became the first Aggie QB to attempt more than 50 passes in a game in a victory. Other records broken by Hill were passing yards in a starting debut and passing yards in a season-opener.

The Aggies play host to Lamar University on Saturday in College Station.

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, announced in 2012 by the Tyler Chamber and SPORTyler, recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals.

In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year DI Texas college.

Campbell, a Tyler native, led the John Tyler Lions to the 1973 state football championship. In 1977, Campbell won the Heisman Trophy while leading the University of Texas to an unbeaten regular season.

He then was the overall No. 1 pick in the NFL draft by the Houston Oilers. He was a three-time NFL Most Valuable Player and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

For more information about The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, go to www.earlcampbellaward.com .


Week 1 Honorable Mention:

Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU, Junior

Dallas (West Mesquite HS)

Passing: 29/41, 320 yards, 2 TDs (career-high completions)

One rushing TD

W, 48-14 vs. Samford


Aaron Jones, RB, UT El Paso, Sophomore

El Paso (Burges HS)

22 carries, 237 yards, 3 TDs

W, 31-24 at New Mexico


Keevan Lucas, WR, Tulsa, Sophomore

Abilene(Abilene HS)

13 catches, 233 yards, 3 TDs

W, 38-31 vs. Tulane


Bradley Marquez, WR, Texas Tech, Senior

Odessa (Odessa HS)

11 catches, 184 yards, 2 TDs

W, 42-35 vs. Central Arkansas