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A Quarterback Comparison: Kenny Hill vs. the rest

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We take a look at Kenny Hill’s stats through three weeks of the season, and compare them to some other QBs.

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I’ve heard it at all three games so far this season.

"Man, his arm is terrible."

"His accuracy is just awful."

"We need to see if Foster Sawyer can come in and do something."

Those are real-life quotes I’ve heard from TCU fans regarding Kenny Hill through three weeks of the 2016 season.

Those fans seem to have forgotten that Hill won the starting job from Foster Sawyer a little over a month ago. Those fans seem to have not watched Kenny Hill all that closely, or they’re willingly overlooking the positives in search of the negatives.

Has Hill made some bad throws? Absolutely. He missed an open wide receiver on Saturday by so much that I’m fairly certain I was closer to where the ball landed.

His interception against Arkansas wasn’t a great decision either.

But fans seem to be stuck on those rather than recognizing that overall, Hill has been solid at quarterback through his first three games.

Solid to the tune of 1,035 passing yards at a 65.2% completion rate, four touchdowns, three interceptions, plus 166 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns.

That’s 1,201 total yards and ten total touchdowns to just three turnovers. How good has that been? Let’s compare him with some other QBs in the Big 12, and a few other dual-threat names across the country, and Boykin through three games in 2014 and 2015. They're sorted from most total yards to least.

Name Completions Attempts Completion % Yards Passing TDs INTs Rushes Rush Yards Rush TDs Fumbles Total Yards Total TDs
Pat Mahomes (Texas Tech) 94 132 71.2% 1,493 14 2 33 138 4 0 1,631 18
Lamar Jackson (Louisville) 50 82 61.0% 913 8 2 49 464 10 0 1,377
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Kenny Hill (TCU) 88 135 65.2% 1,035 4 3 27 166 6 0 1,201
10
Trevone Boykin (TCU 2015) 65 99 65.7% 985 10 3 32 148 2 0 1,133
12
Trevone Boykin (TCU 2014) 79 123 64.2% 858 8 1 29 183 3 0 1,041
11
Chad Kelly (Ole Miss) 67 107 62.6% 953 10 4 30 76 0 1 1,029
10
Trevor Knight (Texas A&M) 63 119 52.9% 830 5 2 28 151 3 0 981
8
Seth Russell (Baylor) 62 105 59.0% 761 9 3 16 81 1 0 842
10
J.T. Barrett (Ohio State) 49 73 67.1% 650 10 1 39 159 3 1 819
13
Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) 55 85 64.7% 793 7 2 21 4 0 1 797
7
Shane Beuchele (Texas) 57 86 66.3% 720 7 2 22 66 1 0 786
8
Deshaun Watson (Clemson) 58 102 56.9% 692 7 3 23 84 0 0 776
7
Greg Ward Jr. (Houston) 47 76 61.8% 647 3 2 47 74 2 1 721
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Hill is 6th in the FBS in passing yards, behind Mahomes, Davis Webb (Cal), Luke Falk (Wash. St.), Drew Lock (Mizzou), and Phillip Nelson (ECU). He's also tied for 5th in the FBS in rushing touchdowns, and he's the second QB on the list behind new Heisman frontrunner Lamar Jackson.

TCU as a whole is fourth in the FBS in offense (behind Louisville, Tech, and Cal), racking up 1,715 yards thus far.

All this to say: I'm probably going to lose it the next time I hear someone complain about Kenny Hill.