Replacing Johnny Football: Texas A&M Names Hill Starter

Created on Aug. 18, 2014 5:00 AM EST

Two years in the Southeastern Conference has been memorable for Texas A&M fans.  

With the legend of Johnny Manziel moving north to Cleveland, sophomore Kenny Hill and true freshman Kyle Allen battled each other for the right to replace him, with head coach Kevin Sumlin naming Hill the starter Saturday. "The competition was close and that competition will continue to help us improve," Sumlin said.  

With Sumlin's track record of having quarterbacks flourish in his system, the transition from Manziel to Hill could be a smooth one. The third-year coach of the Aggies has chalked up plays efficiently everywhere he's been. Since his days running the Oklahoma offense through his tenure at the helm at Houston, Sumlin has always had a productive quarterback. Case Keenum was his signal caller in Houston, and Keenum still stands as the NCAA's all-time leader in total passing yards, touchdowns and completions.  

With the torch officially being handed off from Johnny Cleveland to Hill, Sumlin knows they can and need to win right away.  

"We don't have time for a bunch of rebuilding years because if that happens, there will be a new guy standing up here," Sumlin said. "We have a lot of pieces in place. A lot of young guys ready to play. We pride ourselves on being a player developmental program."  

Texas A&M has a tough contest right out if the gate – traveling to the SEC east favorite South Carolina Aug. 28.