TCU quarterback Kenny Hill shared Big 12 offensive player of the week honors in his debut appearance for the Horned Frogs with Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes. The weekly awards were announced Tuesday and also included TCU receiver/kick returner KaVontae Turpin, who was selected as the special teams player of the week.
Also among the honorees: Texas freshman quarterback Shane Buechele, an Arlington Lamar graduate, who earned newcomer of the week honors by producing 313 yards of total offense and accounting for three touchdowns in the team’s 50-47 upset of Notre Dame in double overtime.
But the primary offensive honor was divided between Swoopes and Hill, a transfer from Texas A&M who threw for 439 yards and two touchdowns in his TCU debut. Hill, a junior from Southlake Carroll, finished with 484 yards of total offense and accounted for five touchdowns (two passing, three rushing) in a 59-41 victory over South Dakota State.
Hill became the first FBS player with 400 passing yards, two TD passes and three rushing TDs in the same game since Michigan’s Devin Gardner had that combination against Indiana in 2013.
“He showed a lot of leadership,” TCU receiver Desmon White said of Hil. “Kenny is a great quarterback. He’s going to make plays.”
White was one of nine different receivers to catch a pass from Hill in his TCU debut.