Kenny Hill and KaVontae Turpin earn Big 12 honors


Kenny Hill, along with KaVontae Turpin, received Big 12 honors this week. (Brandon Kitchin / TCU360)

By Garrett Podell

TCU quarterback Kenny Hill was named the Big 12 Co-Offensive Player of the Week while wide receiver KaVontae Turpin is the conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week.

Hill, making his TCU debut, became the first player with 400 yards passing, two touchdown passes and three rushing scores in a game since 2013.

Hill’s 439 yards passing and 484 yards of total offense both rank seventh for a single game in TCU history. His 33 completions, in 49 attempts, tied for sixth. He ran for 45 yards on seven carries with touchdown runs of 4, 6 and 8 yards.

Junior wide receiver Desmon White said Hill was making good reads and throws, it was just up to the receivers to make the plays happen for him.

“It’s up to us to make plays for him,” White said. “We know he’s going to give it everything he has and that’s all that matters.”

Hill, a junior from Southlake, Texas, led a TCU offense that gained 662 yards.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson said he was happy with Hill’s debut.

“I think we did a good job of just moving the chains when we needed to and we went up-tempo early with a new quarterback and sometimes that’s a problem,” Patterson said. “But first drive we scored all positives.”

Turpin had an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter against South Dakota State. It was the second of his career, following last year’s 49-yard score versus Kansas.

“I knew Turp was going to score as soon as he hit that crease,” Hill said after the SDSU game.

Turpin, a sophomore from Monroe, Louisiana, needs one more punt return touchdown to tie TCU’s career record, held by Linzy Cole (1968-69) and Blanard Spearman (1930-32).

Turpin’s seven catches for 62 yards tied his career-high. He also amassed 177 all-purpose yards (82 punt returns, 62 receiving, 33 rushing). He averaged 17.7 yards each time he touched the ball.

Kickoff against the Arkansas Razorbacks is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at Amon G. Carter Stadium.