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Gunner Kiel | Quarterback

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

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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. Nov 24 - 3:55 PM

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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.
Nov 21 - 12:12 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.
Nov 15 - 7:53 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.
Nov 8 - 8:29 AM

Cincinnati HC Tommy Tuberville says junior QB Gunner Kiel has an edge in the quarterback competition.

For Kiel, that's the good news. The bad news is that Tubs said the quarterback competition remains open. "Obviously the way it's going, Gunner's got an edge," was the exact quote. Yeah, we'd say so. Kiel went 15-for-15 for 319 yards and five touchdowns against UCF last week. Hayden Moore remains in the picture, but we'd guess Kiel would have to struggle in game action to lose his job again.
Nov 3 - 5:35 PM

Cincinnati junior QB Gunner Kiel completed 15 of 15 attempts for 319 yards and five touchdowns in the school's 52-7 win over UCF.

Kiel has played at a high level since Tommy Tuberville opened the quarterback competition. Hayden Moore started in Kiel's place when the quarterback was injured, but there is no longer a competition. UCF is still winless and is looking for a new head coach.
Oct 31 - 4:46 PM

Cincinnati junior QB Gunner Kiel will start against UCF.

Kiel and Hayden Moore were listed as co-starters prior to last week's game against UConn, and Kiel played very well. That performance earned him the starting job this week.
Oct 31 - 11:50 AM

Cincinnati HC Tommy Tuberville said the team will take a week-to-week approach at QB.

Many were very high on Gunner Kiel prior to the season, but he did not play that well to start the year. After he suffered an injury, Hayden Moore took his place and played to about the same level. No starting quarterback has been named for the game against UConn.
Oct 23 - 10:23 AM

Cincinnati HC Tommy Tuberville insinuated that the school's QB competition is open between redshirt junior Gunner Kiel and freshman Hayden Moore.

Kiel is returning from a neck injury after he was taken off the field against Memphis, and freshman Hayden Moore has played very well in his absence. Tuberville said the decision will not be made until just before the BYU game. Kiel is healthy and Tuberville said the quarterback is not taking the "open" tag well. "And he shouldn't. He's very competitive, wants to be the starter," the head coach concluded.
Oct 15 - 11:02 AM

Cincinnati redshirt junior QB Gunner Kiel (head) will not start Thursday's game against Miami.

Kiel suffered a hard hit on a cheap shot by Memphis DB Chauncy Lanier on Thursday. He was subsequently carted off the field and though X-rays came back negative, he didn't practice on Monday. This was the second consecutive week in which he's knocked his head on the field. HC Tommy Tuberville indicated after Monday's practice that Hayden Moore would start against the Hurricanes on Thursday, though he wouldn't rule out Kiel as a possible bullpen arm if he's cleared medically. Said Tuberville, "We're looking out more for his health. Football is way on the back burner."
Sep 28 - 6:29 PM

NFL scouts are concerned about Cincinnati redshirt junior QB Gunner Kiel's durability.

Kiel was carted off the field on Thursday night after taking a cheap shot from Memphis DB Chauncy Lanier on a slide. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital but was able to travel back with the team. X-rays were negative but Kiel's status remains uncertain. Because of Kiel's injury and concussion history, the NFL is monitoring the situation closely. "While Kiel's current health and prior struggles with durability will be obviously critical to determining his final draft status, he's shown the arm and awareness scouts are looking for," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang. CBS ranks Kiel as the No. 4 QB in the 2017 class.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 27 - 1:20 PM

X-rays on Cincinnati redshirt junior QB Gunner Kiel came back negative.

Memphis’ Chauncy Lanier took a cheap shot at Kiel on Thursday as the QB was sliding to the ground in the first quarter. Kiel looked to have been knocked him momentarily unconscious. Fortunately, he was able to travel back home with the team. "Kiel remains under evaluation by the UC medical staff and his status for the Miami (Fla.) game on Thursday, Oct. 1 is undetermined at this time," the school wrote in a release. Cincy gets the Miami Hurricanes next. The Bearcats may have a star in backup freshman QB Hayden Moore, who broke the school record for passing yards in a single game by throwing for 557 and four touchdowns on 53 attempts against Memphis after coming on in relief.
Sep 25 - 4:18 PM

Cincinnati redshirt junior QB Gunner Kiel, who was taken to the hospital on a stretcher, was able to fly back home with his teammates following Thursday's loss.

There is no further update on his condition, but this is great news for someone who lay motionless on the field after being hit in the helmet/head. The Bearcats are scheduled to play Miami next.
Source: Fox 19
Sep 25 - 10:11 AM

Cincinnati redshirt junior QB Gunner Kiel was knocked out of Thursday's game against Memphis in the first quarter after taking a cheap shot at the end of a scramble.

As Kiel slid to the ground, a defender hurled himself into him and possibly initiated helmet-to-helmet contact. A video of the hit is available at the link below. Kiel, coming off a concussion, left the stadium in an ambulance. The defender was not ejected but should have been. Hayden Moore entered the game for Kiel.
Sep 24 - 8:32 PM

Cincinnati redshirt junior QB Gunner Kiel (concussion) is taking pre-game reps and is likely to start against Memphis on Thursday.

Kiel is a high-risk, high-upside DFS play on Thursday night. Because his price was slightly deflated due to concerns over his concussion and availability, nobody would blame you for taking a shot on him. The Bearcats and Tigers figure to engage in a shootout.
Sep 24 - 7:09 PM