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Gunner Kiel | Quarterback

Team: Cincinnati Bearcats
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/23/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 225

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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel "looked physically fit but was erratic with his passing" on pro day.
"He had several nice throws but also missed on a number of passes, and some people felt he was throwing the ball too hard for no reason," Pauline writes. All of this sounds about right for Gunner Kiel, who had moments in the sun with Cincinnati but fell out of favor with the coaching staff this past season. During East-West Shrine Game practices, Pauline argued that Kiel did not look like a real NFL prospect, noting that the Cincinnati gunslinger "was inconsistent-to-poor all three days [of practice]." While NFL teams occasionally reach for arm talent, we would agree with Pauline's assertion that undrafted free agency is the most likely outcome for the star-crossed quarterback. Thu, Mar 23, 2017 05:54:00 PM

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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline indicated that Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel did not look like a draft-able prospect during East-West Shrine Game practices.

Kiel has flashed big arm talent in the past, but he was buried on the depth chart for most of the 2016 season and from the way Pauline paints it, the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder was abysmal during Shrine Game work this week. Wrote the analyst, "The week of Shrine practice was just an extension of the troubles and struggles Kiel has experienced the past year and a half. His performance was inconsistent-to-poor all three days." And then the wince-worthy nail in the coffin: "I leave Shrine practice believing Kiel has confirmed he won’t be selected at any point in the draft this April."
Sat, Jan 21, 2017 03:06:00 PM

Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

You all know Kiel's story: an indecisive recruit who wound up at Cincinnati after a few lost season. He started a number of games, but the once promising recruit was benched on a number of occasions. He only saw game action in five contests this season, on a team that went 4-8. Kiel is a longshot to stick in the NFL.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 09:53:00 AM

Cincinnati HC Tommy Tuberville said that senior QB Gunner Kiel and sophomore QB Hayden Moore will "battle it out" during practice for the right to start.

Tuberville indicated that the decision here likely won't be made until Thursday. It isn't an enviable one. Both Moore and Kiel struggled mightily in Saturday's loss to UCF, completing a combined 19-of-42 passes for 220 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. The winner of this "battle" will have the honor of starting against Memphis on Friday. It wouldn't be a surprise if both quarterbacks played in that contest.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 02:49:00 PM

Cincinnati senior QB Gunner Kiel completed 15-of-27 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 34-13 loss to Temple.

Kiel has had one of the stranger seasons on the CFB landscape, in that he has barely had a season at all. He spent the majority of the season playing bench man, only drawing his first start in last weekend's win over East Carolina. He threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns in that one. While start No. 2 on Saturday saw no such aerial pyrotechnics, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound senior did fire off a pair of touchdown passes in the second quarter. The extra point was missed on one of those. Thus concluded Cincinnati's scoring offense against Temple on Saturday afternoon. Those playing dice with their quarterbacks in fantasy could take a flier on Kiel given that he has shown the ability to perform well in the past.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 06:47:00 PM

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.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 10:01:00 AM

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.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 04:18:00 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."
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 06:45:00 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.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 01:01:00 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.
Sat, Jul 9, 2016 03:58:00 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.
Mon, Jun 20, 2016 05:32:00 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.
Sun, Jan 24, 2016 02:08:00 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