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Johnny Manziel fan of 'Kenny Football'

CLEVELAND -- Johnny Manziel is ready to hand off his nickname. Or at least share it.

After Texas A&M sophomore quarterback Kenny Hill shredded No. 9 South Carolina for 511 yards passing on Thursday, breaking Manziel's single-game school record, the Cleveland Browns rookie QB acknowledged that his replacement had more than earned some respect and attention.

Manziel, who praised Hill on his Twitter account, later gave a shoutout during his news conference. "Kenny Football, baby!" Manziel bellowed when it was mentioned to him that he might be old news at A&M. "Let's go!"

Texas A&M was playing its first game in two years without Manziel, the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. Hill completed 44 of 60 passes with three touchdowns.

Hill, though, would prefer making his own name.

"I don't really like 'Kenny Football,'" he said after upsetting the Gamecocks.

Manziel, who threw a TD pass and showed some of his elusiveness in Cleveland's win over Chicago, was asked whether he could give up his "Football" nickname so easily.

"Hey," he said. "You throw for 511 yards ..."

Johnny Football, meanwhile, made more progress in his fourth preseason game as a pro. The backup to starter Brian Hoyer threw a 1-yard TD pass, ran for 55 yards -- 22 coming on one run -- and had a few of those head-scratching play.

ESPN.com's Pat McManamon and The Associated Press contributed to this report.