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Gunner Kiel | Quarterback

Team: Cincinnati Bearcats
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/23/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 225

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Cincinnati senior Gunner Kiel has been named the school's starting QB for Saturday's game against ECU.
"It’s his turn. The ball is going to be in his hands," head coach Tommy Tuberville said. Kiel opened the season as third on the depth chart behind Hayden Moore and redshirt freshman Ross Trail. It feels like Kiel is in his fifteenth season of collegiate ball, as he started a number of games in the last few years. For his career, Kile has thrown for 50 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. Cincinnati's poor record of 3-3 this year, with no wins in conference play, likely contributes to this decision. Oct 21 - 10:01 AM

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Cincinnati senior QB Gunner Kiel is serving as backup quarterback to redshirt freshman QB Ross Trail in Saturday's game against Miami (OH).

Hayden Moore isn't playing due to an undisclosed injury, but even that is not enough to boost Kiel to starting honors. He is expected to take some snaps in Saturday's contest, but as of this posting, Trail is the only Bearcat to have attempted a pass.
Sep 24 - 4:18 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline called Cincinnati senior QB Gunner Kiel a draft faller.

Kiel failed to win the starting job out of the camp and has begun the season as the backup. "Kiel entered the season stamped as a potential middle rounder by scouts but as I mentioned, there were several red flags which would result in a draft day slide," Pauline wrote. "This does not bode well for Kiel to receive playing time in the near future and will adversely effect his draft grade."
Sep 12 - 6:45 PM

At a local fan rally, Cincinnati HC Tommy Tuberville said that senior QB Gunner Kiel currently sits at No. 3 on the depth chart.

According to Tuberville, Kiel dealt with a sore shoulder this spring. That injury set him slightly behind in the competition with sophomore Hayden Moore and redshirt freshman Ross Trail. While Kiel is technically listed at third on the depth chart, Tuberville said that he would be happy starting any of his three gunslingers. Pro Football Focus' Jeff Dooley wrote earlier this offseason that Kiel could be in for a "huge season," but he will need to play leapfrog in the quarterback competition next month if that is to be the case.
Jul 28 - 1:01 PM

Cincinnati senior QB Gunner Kiel accrued Pro Football Focus' No. 8 passing grade despite playing in only 10 games last year.

PFF lists Kiel as the No. 73 player in college football. "He had a high percentage of 'big-time throws,' doing a nice job of throwing receivers open at the intermediate and deep levels while showing pinpoint accuracy on a number of deep posts and deep outs," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "He’s willing to give his receivers a chance to make plays and that aggressiveness will get him into trouble at times, but if he can tie up some decision-making issues, Kiel could be in line for a huge year." The 6-foot-4, 208-pound Kiel ranked No. 17 in adjusted completion percentage on passes thrown 20-plus yards downfield last year.
Jul 9 - 3:58 PM

Per Pro Football Focus' Jeff Dooley, Cincinnati junior QB Gunner Kiel "appears poised for a huge season in 2016."

"Kiel is reportedly going to have to win back his starting job after he missed the Bearcats’ bowl game last year for undisclosed personal reasons, but based on how he played in 2015, it’s safe to bet he’ll be able to do so," Dooley wrote. Kiel posted the No. 8 PFF passing grade among returning quarterbacks last year, finishing with a nearly identical mark to Clemson’s Deshaun Watson despite only playing roughly half the snaps. The 6-foot-4, 208-pound Kiel ranked No. 17 in adjusted completion percentage on passes thrown 20-plus yards downfield last year.
Jun 20 - 5:32 PM

Cincinnati junior QB Gunner Kiel (personal matter) has rejoined the team.

Kiel had been away from the team since mid-December as he dealt with an undisclosed (non-disciplinary) issue. Said HC Tommy Tuberville of his 6-foot-4, 208-pound quarterback's return, "He's got a great attitude. Obviously he's disappointed he didn't get to play in the [Hawaii Bowl], but personal matters come first. He's got new life in his eyes." Kiel should start for the Bearcats next season barring unforeseen developments.
Jan 24 - 2:08 PM

Cincinnati junior QB Gunner Kiel will not play in the school's bowl game while dealing with a personal matter.

Kiel has been away from the school this week and will not travel to Hawaii. Expect Hayden Moore, who started a few games in 2015, to start in Kiel's place. Moore and Kiel actually competed for the No. 1 job throughout the season. Kiel's college career has been an interesting one.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 01:18:00 PM

According to a team spokesman, Cincinnati junior QB Gunner Kiel is away from the team this week due to a family matter.

Spokesman Ryan Kolsen indicated that an update on Kiel's status/whereabouts might come on Wednesday. While Kolsen was mum on specifics, the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that the matter is not a disciplinary or legal situation. Because the Bearcats are slated to play in the Hawaii Bowl against San Diego State on Christmas Eve, Kiel's status for the game could be in jeopardy if he's unable to return to practice in a relatively timely manner.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 07:09:00 PM

Cincinnati (7-5) will play San Diego State (10-3) on Christmas Eve in the Hawaii Bowl.

The Bearcats opened as 2.5-point favorites and are currently favored by 1-1.5 points, depending on your book. The Aztecs won the Mountain West Conference without QB Maxwell Smith (knee) and will try to close out the year on a 10-game winning streak without him again. Cincinnati junior QB Gunner Kiel (2,777 yards with 19 touchdowns) directs a passing offense ranked No. 20 by S&P+. The Bearcats can't stop the run, which could be a problem across from RB Donnel Pumphrey.
Source: SB Nation
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 07:15:00 PM

Cincinnati junior QB Gunner Kiel completed 30-of-47 passes for 270 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 19-16 win over East Carolina.

The good news is that the Bearcats washed the foul taste of last Friday's embarrassment against South Florida, a 65-27 loss, out of their mouths and head into the postseason 7-5. The bad news is that the once-mighty offense has derailed over the past month. It would be unfair to lay all the blame Kiel, who was good on third down today and didn't deserve the interception levied to him. It's possible that the bungling of the QB competition has discombobulated the offense as a hole. We wouldn't be surprised if Tommy Tuberville staked his lot with Hayden Moore in the offseason, which would make Kiel one of the winter's most sought after graduate free agents. The most logical destination would also be the most hilarious marriage. LSU, where Kiel committed once upon a time, could still desperately use his services.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 04:28:00 PM

Cincinnati junior QB Gunner Kiel's "reads and decision making leave a lot to be desired," TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline observes.

"He’s now struggling to remain a first team quarterback. Kiel was benched for ineffective play during the Bearcats disastrous loss to South Florida and before being pulled he was 8 of 15 passing with two interceptions," Pauline wrote. The Cincinnati prospect was once thought as a first-round pick by some evaluators, an opinion Pauline "never believed." This season, the 6-foot-4, 208-pound Kiel's thrown for 2,507 yards with an 18/10 TD/INT ratio overall.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 03:55:00 PM

Cincinnati junior QB Gunner Kiel completed 8-of-15 passes for 84 yards and two interceptions in Friday's 65-27 embarrassment of a loss against South Florida.

Even that 65-27 final score is not indicative of how thoroughly South Florida thrashed Cincinnati. They were down 34-0 with 13:48 remaining in the first half. Kiel himself entered Friday's contest holding a shiny 13/3 TD/INT ratio in his last four games alone. Nothing shiny about a defeat of this magnitude, though, except maybe the bruise on the Bearcats' collective ego. The 6-foot-4, 208-pound Kiel's thrown for 2,507 yards with an 18/10 TD/INT ratio overall and will try to push this one from his mind when Cincy faces East Carolina to close out the regular season.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 12:12:00 AM

Cincinnati junior QB Gunner Kiel completed 29-of-42 passes for 386 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 49-38 win over Tulsa.

Kiel's been a man possessed in the passing game of late, having thrown for 327, 319, 523 and 386 yards in his last four games. He's tossed 13 total touchdowns in that space. For the season, the 6-foot-4, 208-pound junior's taken a step forward from his sophomore campaign in several respects, averaging 9.54 yards per attempt (up from 8.34 YPA in 2014) while completing 66.1% of his passes (up from 59.7% in 2014) for 2,423 yards with an 18/8 TD/INT ratio. He's been a bit more carefree with his turnovers, though, having thrown eight picks across eight games as compared to 11 for all of the 2014 season.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 07:53:00 PM

Cincinnati junior QB Gunner Kiel completed 28-of-51 attempts for 523 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 33-30 win over Houston.

Cincinnati HC Tommy Tuberville played coy with his quarterback intentions earlier this week, but there was never really any doubt that Kiel would get the call against the Cougars. Hayden Moore's time will come. For now, the Bearcats will ride with Kiel, who goes through stretches looking like a first-rounder and stretches where fans scream for Moore. For instance, tonight, despite the gaudy yards and touchdown totals, Kiel threw two picks and took a safety. He's a gambler through and through. As Hunter S. Thompson once wrote: Buy the ticket, take the ride.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 08:29:00 AM