Manziel’s successor at Texas A&M, QB Kenny Hill signs with Alouettes

The newest Montreal Alouettes quarterback Kenny Hill was the QB who took over the starting job at Texas A&M after Johnny Manziel departed for the NFL.

Hill broke a Manziel record in his first start for the Aggies, throwing for a school single-game 511 yards in a 52-28 upset victory against South Carolina. The nickname “Kenny Football” was starting to make the rounds among Texas A&M fans, but Hill said “Johnny Football belonged to Manziel and he wanted to be dubbed as “Kenny Trill” while the family filed for the trademark. “Trill” being a hybrid of true and real.

Hill had a bit of trill-ing ride playing in the NCAA. Despite throwing for 2,649 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions in eight games for the Aggies in 2014, Hill struggled as the team played tougher competition. He was replaced mid-season and ended up being suspended for two games due to an unspecified violation of team rules and athletic department policies.

The Florida native transferred to Texas Christian University where Hill threw for 6,360 yards, 40 touchdowns and 21 interceptions adding 934 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns in two seasons for the Horned Frogs.

Hill signing in Montreal is a family reunion of sorts with the city, his father Ken a former Major League Baseball pitcher played three seasons for the Expos (1992-1994). Dad was an all-star in 1994 for Montreal as he led the National League in wins.

Those are two things the Alouettes could use: all-star quarterback play and some wins.

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33 Comments on Manziel’s successor at Texas A&M, QB Kenny Hill signs with Alouettes

  1. Stampeding // June 25, 2018 at 11:50 am //

    Kenny football is not as catchy as Johnny Football

  2. RANDALL HOOK // June 25, 2018 at 12:10 pm //

    I may be wrong but I believe his successor was actually Trevor NIGHT, and Mr. Hill was his successor! But I could be wrong there was also a fellow whose last name was SHOWER, and Dallas cowboys are converted into a defensive back very unsuccessfully.

  3. « two things the Alouettes could use: all-star quarterback play and some wins.« 

    So true , but if you look at the college history of all Alouettes qbs rejected or kept over the last few years, they are all all-stars, conf all-stars, div all stars, and/or have been a bowl mvp and have set school records. But often in Div 2 schools. Pipkin’s hilite reel shows empty stands. Probably Div3 if there is such a thing.
    My point is: they need someone who will be all star pro in Canada. Not necessarily a Div 2 winner.

  4. True Blue // June 25, 2018 at 1:26 pm //

    Montreal needs a QB badly. Hope this guy can bring some stability to their QB room and get fans coming back and excited. We don’t want to be losing a team at this point.

  5. It doesn’t matter who the qb is. Drew Willy didn’t even have time to scramble let alone throw the ball. They need to address the oline first.

    • Perhaps a more mobile quarterback is exactly what this oline needs. Willy takes an excruciating amount of time to make his reads. And he’s a lump when things break down.

      The oline seems to be opening holes for Sutton, the few times they give him the ball. I’m not sure if, with a decent qb, they’re as bad as people think. Certainly better than when Glenn and then Cato were leading the world in being sacked a couple years back.

      If we had/have an OC who could do for Hill what LaPolice did for Streveler last week against us, we might have something.

  6. Do these guys all need nicknames, like they’re Brazilian soccer players or something?

    Why not go for the “full Brazilian “ and choose a single name. Like Spiralinho, or Longbombino, or Pele.

  7. Trumpino // June 25, 2018 at 3:04 pm //

    Here they go again. Another cfl team taking a QB from the states. With issues.Why don’t they give a Canadian QB a chance for once. I still like that kid from the cfl combine ,Strong I saw him play my sons team here in pennsylvania,he can sling it. CFL just change the rule for Cdn QB what are you afraid of.

  8. The QB that the Alouettes really need is Travis Lulay if healthy. But it is highly doubtful that BC would give him up.

  9. Pino Nuwar // June 25, 2018 at 3:26 pm //

    Good to see new blood, but one question – can he block? Because that seems to be one of the biggest issues facing Montreal right now.

  10. I hope “Kenny Trill” works out for the Als and right now on Week 3. Drew Willy can show him the way perhaps however Montreal will go as far as their QB will take them.
    Go Als Go!!!

  11. Good find. Now where is the new O-line?

  12. SeaFiddle // June 25, 2018 at 4:43 pm //

    Too bad Hamilton wouldn’t trade the rights to Johnny Manziel to Montreal. It would have helped both the Al’s and the CFL. Manziel will now be pretty much locked out of the CFL. His star power negated and his talent held in check.

  13. habbernack // June 25, 2018 at 6:13 pm //

    The als need a new line coach. If they don’t have one they should get one

  14. Its about time montteal got a smart QB for the alouettes i cant wait to see him play.
    Go alls go

  15. I still want to see this guy play at QB.

  16. What’s the minimum amount of time it would take a quarterback, with no CFL experience, to be ready to play and actually help the Alouettes to win? He can run, so that takes some of the pressure off learning to read defences and adjusting to the extra man, large field, all the motion etc.

    What are we talking about here: 6 weeks? Barest minimum.
    Don’t get me wrong. Some new talented quarterback is exactly what this team needs. It’s just the Alouettes could be 0-8 or something before he sees a snap.

    • Have you seen Chris Streveler play this year?

      If the QB has talent, he can step in immediately. If the QB is s scrub, he’s going to need lots of time to stand around holding a clipboard.

  17. I have to say this is a perfect fit, Kenny Hill as the new QB of the Als … oh, KENNY Hill. I was thinking …
    youtube.com/watch?v=MK6TXMsvgQg

  18. Edward Leslie // June 25, 2018 at 8:16 pm //

    Montreal finally recruits a Division 1A (FBS) starter.
    Bridge, Cato and Adams were all Jim Popp acquistions, which is probably why they aren’t there now.
    Matt Shiltz, Garrett Fugate and Antonio Pipkin are all Division 1-AA or Division 2.

    Hill won’t (or shouldn’t) be on the game day roster until at least Labour day. He needs time to learn CFL football and the Playbook, especially after not taking part in training camp.
    The desperate Als will probably rush him
    and throw him to the wolves by late July though. Book it.

  19. Tom calder // June 25, 2018 at 9:32 pm //

    Before the entire season slips away, let’s hope someone will step up and show character and grit. And Sherman will take charge of his team and lead and show why he was hired. At least they’re being responsive in signing a mobile QB. Their season is already at a crossroads in week 3.

  20. It’s the o line getting beat every single play for 8 quarters straight and the play calling not doing anything to include the run game which needs to be included. Willy couldn’t even go through his reads. You can’t just put it on the QB.

  21. Barry McCawkiner // June 26, 2018 at 7:47 am //

    Add Troy Smith to that list…. bottom line is as long as Kavis Reed is running the Als, they are a joke! Period!

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