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Gunner Kiel | Quarterback

Team: Cincinnati Bearcats
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 208

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Cincinnati redshirt sophomore QB Gunner Kiel completed 29-of-44 passes for 436 yards and four touchdowns on Thursday.
The four touchdowns are great, though his three interceptions off-set those a bit. Kiel had been dealing on-and-off with a rib injury of late, but he looked healthy against East Carolina. His 436 yards passing were a season-high. He showed a nice touch on several deep balls. If he can cut down on the mental mistakes, he has all the physical tools to play the position. The redshirt sophomore has thrown for 2,485 yards this season and has a 24/10 TD/INT ratio. Nov 14 - 12:02 AM

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Cincinnati redshirt sophomore QB Gunner Kiel started Friday's game against Tulane, but promptly left the game following a first play interception after re-injuring his ribs.

Kiel has really struggled to return from the rib issue. He attempted to come back last week against USF, but was forced out at halftime. It did not even take a full series in this one, as Kiel was intercepted on a deep pass and could not continue. Munchie Legaux, who has starting experience, stepped in and played very well. Cincinnati ultimately won the game 38-14.
Nov 1 - 9:38 AM

Cincinnati redshirt sophomore QB Gunner Kiel is considered day-to-day with a rib injury.

There is currently no word on whether Kiel will play this week against Tulane. The injury occurred late in the first half against USF and Kiel was replaced by backup Munchi Legaux for the remainder of the contest. It could be a re-aggravation of an October 4 injury.
Oct 27 - 12:17 PM

Cincinnati redshirt sophomore QB Gunner Kiel completed 13 of 22 attempts for 196 yards and a touchdown versus USF before exiting at halftime with a rib injury.

Kiel has been dealing with a rib injury since the first week of October, and it flared up again in this contest. Kiel added another touchdown on the ground, but his most impressive moments were keeping his eyes up and climbing the pocket. He is just in his first season as a starter, so we do not expect Kiel to contemplate jumping to the NFL. He has made more puzzling decisions before, however.
Oct 25 - 11:09 AM

Cincinnati HC Tommy Tuberville essentially ruled out redshirt sophomore QB Gunner Kiel (rib) for Saturday’s game against Miami.

Kiel suffered a rib injury over the weekend against Memphis. "I don’t see him playing," Tuberville said. "He’s not much better than he was. I’m not going to put him out there if he’s not close to 100 percent. If Gunner plays it would be a limited role anyway." Kiel ranks No. 13 in the country in passing yards per game (314.3) and yards per completion (15.33). Munchie Legaux is likely to start, though the staff seems high on junior Jarred Evans.
Oct 8 - 6:29 PM

Cincinnati redshirt sophomore QB Gunner Kiel will be out "a while" after sustaining a rib injury against Memphis, according to HC Tommy Tuberville.

Kiel suffered a chest injury on the final play of the first half and did not return. Tuberville later said Kiel will likely miss the school's upcoming game against Miami, meaning Munchie Legaux will almost certainly start.
Oct 6 - 10:09 AM

Cincinnati redshirt sophomore Gunner Kiel completed 21-of-32 passes for 352 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in a loss to Ohio State over the weekend.

The Bearcats may have gotten stomped, but it was a very good afternoon for Kiel, who officially announced his legitimacy as an NFL prospect. NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks wrote last week that Kiel "has shown surprising poise, confidence and awareness in the pocket despite his inexperience at the position," but "has lived up to the hype since stepping onto the field for the Bearcats." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote earlier this month that Kiel is "big and athletic with an above average arm to make all the throws." The 6-foot-4, 208-pound signal-caller has thrown for 1,041 yards and a 14/2 TD/INT ratio in only three games.
Sep 28 - 7:56 PM

NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks believes Cincinnati redshirt sophomore Gunner Kiel "will be challenged to fit pinpoint throws into tight windows "against a Buckeyes defense loaded with NFL-caliber athletes" this weekend.

"Kiel will be challenged to fit pinpoint throws into tight windows. If the Bearcats' star can make enough big-time throws to keep his offense on schedule, Cincinnati could pull off a surprising win on the road," Brooks wrote. Brooks adds that, Kiel "has shown surprising poise, confidence and awareness in the pocket despite his inexperience at the position," but "has lived up to the hype since stepping onto the field for the Bearcats." Last week Kiel completed 25-of-39 passes for 271 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in a 31-24 victory over Miami (OH).
Source: NFL.com
Sep 26 - 4:44 PM

Cincinnati redshirt sophomore Gunner Kiel completed 25-of-39 passes for 271 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in a 31-24 victory over Miami (OH) on Saturday.

Over his first two collegiate games, Kiel is 50-of-76 for 689 yards and a 10/2 TD/INT ratio. Kiel, a brief LSU commitment who began his career at Notre Dame and then transferred, is a controversial prospect due to decisions he made prior to arriving in Ohio. To overcome that chatter, he'll merely have to do things the old fashioned way and perform on the field. "Kiel is big and athletic with an above average arm to make all the throws," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote earlier this month.
Sep 21 - 9:25 PM

NFL.com quoted "a prominent quarterback guru" as wondering if Cincinnati redshirt sophomore Gunner Kiel is most comfortable as a "big fish in a little pond."

The comment refers to Kiel's brief LSU commitment (he reneged) and his eventual transfer out of Notre Dame. We hope the "quarterback guru" knows Kiel personally, because otherwise he's casting an unwarranted aspersion on a player's character prematurely. Kiel was a high schooler when he decided he'd prefer to play at Notre Dame. We don't have an issue with teenagers changing their minds. And he transferred out of Notre Dame not because he demanded more attention by seeking out less talented teammates (a brazenly reckless assertion that doesn't hold up under scrutiny), but because of Everett Golson's emergence. Understanding the reality of a situation speaks to self awareness, and putting yourself in the best possible position to develop (finding playing time elsewhere) speaks to a commitment to craft. Conjecture of this kind is only being made because evaluators don't have enough game film to speak intelligently about his on-field next-level potential yet.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 17 - 7:27 PM

Cincinnati redshirt sophomore Gunner Kiel "looked extremely impressive" in his collegiate debut Friday against Toledo, wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

That's an understatement. Kiel, a brief LSU commitment who began his career at Notre Dame and then transferred, completed 25-of-37 passes for 418 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions in the 58-34 victory. "Kiel is big and athletic with an above average arm to make all the throws," Brugler wrote. "Against the Rockets, he displayed impressive ball placement and poise with an understanding of putting the ball where only his man could get it. He is a smooth mover on run-pass options with the foot quickness to roll out and pick up chunk rush yards if needed. Kiel tends to stare down his target and needs to improve his eye use, but for a prospect with only one career game under his belt, his future looks very promising. We'll learn much more about Kiel September 27 when he takes the Bearcats to the Horseshoe to face Ohio State."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 16 - 5:38 PM

Cincinnati redshirt sophomore Gunner Kiel completed 25-of-37 passes for 418 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions in a 58-34 victory over Toledo on Friday.

The Bearcats became the last FBS team to open this season, and in so doing served notice to the American Athletic Conference. Kiel, a former top-notch Notre Dame recruit who had to sit out last season after transferring, tied Tony Pike's school single-game touchdown record in his first start. He displayed particular rapport with WR Mekale McKay, who finished with nine catches for 175 yards and a touchdown. The 6-foot-4, 208-pound signal-caller has NFL tools.
Sep 12 - 11:11 PM

Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville named Gunner Kiel starting quarterback on Tuesday.

The Bearcats haven't yet played a game, opening the season instead on Friday against Toledo in a nationally-televised ESPN game. Kiel, a former top-notch Notre Dame recruit who had to sit out last season after transferring, beat out last year’s starter, Munchie Legaux, and junior Jarred Evans, for the gig. Tuberville may look to find the athletic Legaux another role on offense.
Sep 9 - 8:34 PM

Redshirt sophomore Gunner Kiel has officially been named Cincinnati's starting QB.

Former starting quarterback Munchie Legaux will be the team's top backup. Kiel admitted to being shaky during his first few days atop the depth chart. "I think I came out anxious and excited. I think that got me to play a little uncomfortable," Kiel said. "I know I'm going to make mistakes, but learn from the mistakes." Kiel was a top high school recruit and left Notre Dame after sitting out the 2012 season. He was then forced to sit out the 2013 season to satisfy NCAA regulations.
Aug 18 - 11:24 AM

Although Cincinnati redshirt sophomore QB Gunner Kiel is on the NFL radar, he "has yet to prove he can be a productive college quarterback," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Everybody expects Kiel to beat out senior Munchie Legaux for starting duties. Assuming he does, the 6-foot-4, 208-pound quarterback will display intriguing NFL tools. The former five-star recruit, who spent one season behind Everett Golson and Tommy Rees at Notre Dame before transferring, will helm an offense that returns seven starters.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 18 - 9:38 PM