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TCU’s Patterson envisions more planned runs for QB Hill

TCU quarterback Kenny Hill on his increased confidence vs Baylor

TCU quarterback Kenny Hill said he was inspired by the encouragement of teammates and assistant coaches who uplifted him after last week's benching against Texas Tech. Hill responded with 244 passing yards (1 TD, no INTs) and 85 rushing yards in S
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TCU quarterback Kenny Hill said he was inspired by the encouragement of teammates and assistant coaches who uplifted him after last week's benching against Texas Tech. Hill responded with 244 passing yards (1 TD, no INTs) and 85 rushing yards in S

TCU football coach Gary Patterson said last week’s season-high rushing output against Baylor (431 yards) is something the Horned Frogs seek to build on, likely with the incorporation of more planned runs for quarterback Kenny Hill. The junior from Southlake Carroll rushed for 85 yards in the 62-22 victory over Baylor, his most since a Sept. 10 game against Arkansas.

Hill ranks 15th nationally in passing yards (2,694) and is No. 11 in total offense (336 yards per game) but is at his most effective, in Patterson’s estimation, when he is more active as a runner.

“I thought it would help Kenny if we’d design things for him in the running game because I think he plays better when he gets in the flow of the whole offense instead of just being a drop-back guy,” Patterson said after Thursday’s practice. “If you look at he Arkansas game or Oklahoma, he got himself running around and in the flow and he played better. I think we have to do that as an offense. It can’t be a situation where, at all costs, you don’t run because you’re a pocket passer. That’s not what he is. He needs to go make plays, with his feet or his arm. It doesn’t make any difference. He seems to be more relaxed when he gets himself in the flow of doing everything else.”

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