The offensive lineman has overcome cancer, won a Super Bowl, and recently got PAID. Oh, and he got the infamously grinchy Bill Belichick to complement him. It seems his post-TCU career is working out just fine.
“Marcus is having a good season,” Belichick told reporters in New England. “He’s been a good player for us. Marcus has always done a solid job for us whenever he’s played. I’m glad we have him going forward. He works hard. A quiet kid, but he’s very dependable, team oriented. He’s done a good job for us in the running game and the passing game. He’s been a good player.”
I disagree that the Bowl game will determine Hill’s future role with the Frogs, but it’s obvious that he needs to play well to give his team, his coaches, and the fans confidence going forward. With young, talented QBs on the roster - hello Brennan Wooten - and a potential superstar set to enroll in January - Shawn Robinson, come on down - Hill’s performance in Memphis will set the tone for spring ball competition at the quarterback position.
TCU’s high-flying offense took a step back in 2016. The Horned Frogs’ passing game was inconsistent at best under junior Kenny Hill. His turnovers were the biggest cause for the Frogs’ struggles. He threw for more than 3,000 yards but just 15 touchdowns to 13 interceptions on the season. He was even worse if you factor in some of his losing performances.
Frog fans would certainly like to see Hill use his mobility and athleticism more against the Bulldogs, as most of his best games were those in which he became a weapon with his legs. Georgia faced two dual-threat QBs this season, losing games to Chad Kelly at Ole Miss and Josh Dobbs at Tennessee.
While facing a dual-threat quarterback will still be a challenge, it won’t be anything new to the Georgia defense. The Bulldogs have been in this same position several times this season, and now they at least have some idea of what works and what doesn’t.
“The quarterbacks we’ve faced this year, some have been very versatile,” Atkins said. “You’ve got to stay in front of them and get them tired and just do what we’ve got to do on defense.”
Pebley has been a beast on the recruiting trail since taking over in Fort Worth, and her most recent signing class is the best yet. They are making an immediate impact on a team with tournament hopes.
Nevertheless, with just two seniors on the roster, a quick acclamation to the college game by its freshmen was a necessity for this young TCU team. Ramirez is averaging 9.6 points per game and shooting better than 51 percent from the 3-point line, while Ray comes in just behind her at 8.3 points per game through the first nine games of their freshman season.
TCU has gotten balanced scoring from a potent group that can light you up from outside while also attacking the paint. They have their final tune-up tonight before beginning conference play on the 29th.
“We distribute our scoring,” Pebley said after the win over Texas Southern on Sunday. “If we’re really committed to moving the ball, sharing the ball and executing details, every game we should have about four players up near double figures.”
Four players average more than 10 points per game for TCU: Okonkwo (11.7), Alix (10.7), Butts (10.6) and Moore (10.6). Ramirez, who will sit out her third consecutive game Tuesday with an injury to her lower left leg, has scored 9.6 per game in the first eight games of her collegiate career.