Former Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill was named the starter at TCU by head coach Gary Patterson on Thursday, according to Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Hill, out of Southlake Carroll High School, transferred to TCU from Texas A&M after the 2014 season when he threw for 2,649 yards and 23 touchdowns for the Aggies. The Hill era in Aggieland began with a bang when he threw for a school-record 511 yards in a 52-28 season-opening win over South Carolina, part of a 5-0 start.
After starting eight games for the Aggies, Hill lost his starting job to Kyle Allen before the Nov. 1 bout against Louisiana-Monroe and would later Hill was suspended for two games. Hill also had been suspended in the spring that year after being arrested on a charge of intoxication.
He sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.
"Kenny has a lot to prove, but as I told him, our job is just to win," Patterson told the Star-Telegram. "It's not to put up big numbers, not to do anything else. Put the ball where it's supposed to be, run the ball when you're supposed to and get ready to play."
Hill beat out sophomore Foster Sawyer, who picked up his first career start against Oklahoma last season with starting quarterback Trevone Boykin unavailable due to injury.
His experience in the Southeastern Conference was a deciding factor, Patterson told the Star-Telegram.
"We do know about what he can do against competition on Saturday," Patterson said. "And probably, if it was close, it was maybe one of the reasons why they decided to go that direction."
TCU will open the season Sept. 3 at home against South Dakota State. The Horned Frogs will play Arkansas the next week at Amon Carter Stadium.