Kenny Hill named Texas A&M starting QB for opener

08/16/2014 6:11 PM

08/16/2014 11:54 PM

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin announced Saturday that sophomore Kenny Hill will be the Aggies’ starting quarterback for the season opener at South Carolina on Aug. 28.

Hill played in four games for A&M last season as a true freshman. He completed 16 of 22 passes for 183 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 37 yards on seven carries. His primary competition has been freshman Kyle Allen from Scottsdale, Ariz., who was the top-rated quarterback prospect in the country.

“The competition was close and that competition will continue to help us improve,” Sumlin said. “I have talked to both quarterbacks as well as the team, and we will prepare with Kenny getting the first-team reps.”

The quarterback job became vacant when Johnny Manziel left early for the NFL.

Hill was named the Texas Gatorade Player of the Year at Southlake Carroll in 2012 after throwing for 2,291 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushing for 905 yards on 102 carries and 22 touchdowns.

The Aggies’ season opener will be the first collegiate football game televised by the SEC Network. Kickoff is set for 5:01 p.m.

Bergeron transfers

Former Texas running back Joe Bergeron, who was one of three players dismissed by coach Charlie Strong on July 25, has found a new home, Chip Brown of TexasScout.com reported.

Bergeron participated in his first practice Saturday with Texas A&M-Commerce and will be eligible to play for the NCAA Division II Lions this season. Bergeron, a senior, would have had to sit out a season if he wanted to transfer to another FBS program.

Mixon to be arrainged

Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon will be arraigned on a single misdemeanor count of acts resulting in gross injury Monday, when he is expected to turn himself in, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said, according to The Oklahoman.

OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said his department is conducting its own internal review and will decide Mixon’s future with the university soon.

Mixon was alleged to have punched a 20-year-old female OU student in the face on July 25, causing severe injury.

Briefly

• TCU volleyball: Regan McGuire and Macy Capen each posted double-digit kills to lead the White Team to a 3-1 victory over the Purple Team, 25-23, 25-20, 22-25, 25-15, in the annual Purple and White Scrimmage at the University Recreation Center.

• Florida State football: Wide receiver Isaiah Jones has been declared academically ineligible. Coach Jimbo Fisher said that Jones still will attend FSU and practice with the Seminoles. The 6-foot-4 sophomore was competing for starting jobs after FSU lost senior Kenny Shaw and Kelvin Benjamin entered the NFL Draft early.

•  Oklahoma State football: Coach Mike Gundy said quarterbacks J.W. Walsh, Daxx Garman and Mason Rudolph were outstanding in the team’s last major scrimmage before the Aug. 30 opener against Florida State in Arlington.

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