Texas A&M quarterback and potential 2014 starter Kenny Hill was arrested on a charge of public intoxication at a bar in College Station, Texas, early Friday morning, according to The Eagle.
According to College Station police reports, via The Eagle, the 19-year-old sophomore was taken into police custody around 3 a.m. Friday, but was released after posting bail. When authorities arrived on the scene, Hill "was passed out in a planter full of rocks and plants" out front of the bar. When questioned, he told officers his name was "Kennedy."
The Eagle reports that public intoxication qualifies as a Class C misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of $445.
A native of Southlake, Texas, Hill is a 6'1", 215-pound signal-caller who saw action in four games for the Aggies last season as a freshman, completing 16 out of 22 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown.
ESPN.com's Sam Khan Jr., who covers Texas A&M and the SEC, points out that Hill is a candidate to win the starting quarterback job next season following the departure of Johnny Manziel:
Joeckel took QB snaps in 1st series, Allen in 2nd. Afterward, @CoachSumlin smiled and joked "Now y'all can write Kenny Hill is out of it."— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) March 24, 2014
It remains to be seen whether Hill's arrest will impact his status with the Texas A&M football team. The regular season is still five months away, but Hill's actions have likely set him back in his quest to earn the starting job under center.
Hill was able to showcase his arm and his feel for the position in four blowout wins last year, but he'll have to prove to Kevin Sumlin and the rest of the Aggies coaching staff that he's capable of not only delivering in a new role, but representing his team and university the right way.
Oddly enough, Hill's arrest came just hours after Manziel wowed scouts, coaches and analysts at his pro day Thursday. Needless to say, whichever player earns the starting nod for Week 1 will be under immense pressure to perform at a high level.
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