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TCU QB #7 Kenny Hill during the first quarter of their game against Texas at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Friday November 25, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 48: TCU QB Kenny Hill

Posted July 16th, 2017

The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up.

Who is he?

TCU’s starting quarterback needs no introduction. Kenny Hill was supposed to light the Big 12 on fire after transferring from Texas A&M, but his first season was more of a mixed bag. He got a large portion of the blame for the Horned Frogs’ disappointing 6-7 record, and some of it was deserved. His 13 interceptions were a league high, a result of his penchant for taking risks. But he also completed 61 percent of his passes and was a constant threat with his legs.

The key will be retaining his play-maker’s mentality while eliminating some of the mistakes that come with it, something he’s been working on with quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. Less drops from his receivers would also be nice.

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What should the Longhorns watch for?

Talent has never been an issue with Hill. Watching his highlights, you can see why evaluators have drooled over his skills since high school. His running ability combined with a strong arm make him an ideal zone-read quarterback, and he generally makes good decisions in the pocket. He’s just a little too confident at times, and can get caught trying to throw a ball into a tight window or across his body on the run. Putting him under pressure is key, but it’s a tight line to walk. Sometimes Hill’s risks pay off.

Previous encounters

In last year’s 31-9 win over Texas, Hill completed 15 of 29 passes for 150 yards and an interception. He did more damage with his legs, taking off 13 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns — including a 41-yard burst in the second half.

Then again, he also did this…

Catch up on the series

No. 100: Joel Lanning

No. 99: Tony Nicholson

No. 98: Da’Leon Ward

No. 97: Taylor Martin

No. 96: Kyler Murray

No. 95: Davion Hall

No. 94: Mike Warren

No. 93: Al-Rasheed Benton

No. 92: Carter Stanley

No. 91: Chris Bradley

No. 90: Justin Holmes

No. 89: Alex Barnes

No. 88: Daniel Wise

No. 87: Jesse Aniebonam

No. 86: Cole Walterscheid

No. 85: Shane Cockerille

No. 84: Martell Pettaway

No. 83: David Long

No. 82: Niko Small

No. 81: Cameron Batson

No. 80: Mike Lee

No. 79: Marcelias Sutton

No. 78: Carlos Strickland

No. 77: Anu Solomon

No. 76: Deshaunte Jones

No. 75: Byron Pringle

No. 74: LaQuvionte Gonzalez

No. 73: Zach Sinor

No. 72: Derrick Willies

No. 71: David Montgomery

No. 70: Dylan Cantrell

No. 69: Matt Boermeester

No. 68: Nick Orr

No. 67: Zach Smith

No. 66: Chad Whitener

No. 65: D.J. Moore

No. 64: Jermaine Carter Jr.

No. 63: Ty Summers

No. 62: Jacob Park

No. 61: Daylon Charlot

No. 60: Brendan Moore

No. 59: Brian Peavy

No. 58: Chris Hawkins

No. 57: Ty Johnson

No. 56: Dravon Askew-Henry

No. 55: Michael Pittman Jr.

No. 54: Hakeem Adeniji

No. 53: K.J. Smith

No. 52: JaMycal Hasty

No. 51: Steven Sims Jr.

No. 50: Taylor Young

No. 49: Joseph Noteboom

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