If you did not know his name before Thursday, you undoubtedly know it now. Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill put on quite the show in his debut as the starting quarterback in the post-Johnny Manziel era in College Station. Hill took just one game to start rewriting the record book for the Aggies with a blowout win on the road at South Carolina. As a result, Hill has become the new hot name in the early goings of the Heisman Trophy race.
It is just for that reason that we should proceed with caution when evaluating Heisman contenders. The Heisman race can often be swayed by the moment, which is why Hill got off to such a wild start in the Heisman mix out of nowhere. He was not even on the board in Las Vegas before Thursday, but before the night was done, his name was given respectable odds to take home the stiff-arm trophy. Can Texas A&M score a second Heisman Trophy in three years with a quarterback coming out of nowhere? History would suggest no. This is still going to be a long season for the Aggies and the rest of the college football world.
The opening of a new college football season proved Hill is still not to be considered the favorite despite being the first to take the stage. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston provided an early signature Heisman moment in leading the Seminoles to a win over Oklahoma State in Arlington, Texas. Winston took off running, dodged one would-be tackler and leaped over one of his own linemen on the ground on his way to the end zone. It was a reminder of why Winston won the Heisman Trophy in 2013 and may still be the best player in the country.
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