This week, ESPNDallas.com spotlights five of the top quarterbacks returning to Friday night football in 2011.
School, class: Southlake Carroll, Jr.
2010 Stats: 156-for-214, 1,752 yards, 6 TDs
In Hill's first season as the starting quarterback, Carroll was suffering from the instability of losing expected starter Daxx Garman to ineligibility the day of the Dragons' first game in 2010.
Hill stepped in and provided Carroll with much-needed consistency that helped it reach the 5A Division II state quarterfinals.
Hill is an all-around athlete with the ability to run and throw, and he can throw with accuracy -- completing over 70 percent of his passes in 2010.
The poise he possesses as an athlete and a leader on the field, in part, can be credited to having former Rangers pitcher Ken Hill as his father. That pedigree gives Hill a certain mental advantage on the field, Carroll head coach Hal Wasson said.
“He’s been raised the son of a great athlete and there’s things he has in his toolbox that he’s seen from birth as a kid,” Wasson said.
While Hill already posses the tools to be a successful quarterback, he still has plenty of potential to improve during his junior year. Wasson said he believes Hill will show improvements to his game week by week throughout the season that could help him leave his mark in a line of very successful Carroll quarterbacks.
Part of that legacy will most certainly include Hill’s opportunity to get retribution for three key losses the Dragons suffered last season against Copperas Cove in the first game of the season and Coppell and Denton Guyer in District 7-5A play. Guyer beat Carroll twice last season, once at Dragon Stadium in the last game of the regular season and then in the state quarterfinals at Cowboys Stadium.
If Hill can mature into a veteran quarterback in his junior year, he will be something special for a very good Carroll team in 2011.