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Gunner Kiel | Quarterback

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

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Cincinnati HC Tommy Tuberville said that redshirt junior QB Gunner Kiel has "got a lot of growing up to do."
Said Tuberville, "[Kiel]’s got some weapons that he can use, but he’s got to use them better than he did last year." The Bearcats HC added that his quarterback "played pretty well in terms of stats." Last season, the 6-foot-4, 208-pound gunslinger went 233-of-390 on passing attempts (59.7% completion rate) while compiling 3,254 yards and a 31/13 TD/INT ratio. The 31 passing touchdowns tied a school record. Kiel's in complete agreement with the coaching staff, noting that "I need to do a better job of controlling the ball. At the same time I need to do a better job of keeping myself safe, not getting those late hits, not getting injured." He missed three games last season due to rib and back ailments. If he stays on the field in 2015 and makes slight improvements with his decision-making, he has all the talent to be one of the most productive quarterbacks in college this season. Sep 3 - 7:30 PM

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Cincinnati redshirt junior QB Gunner Kiel "showed a big-time arm befitting his size (6-4, 208) as a sophomore in 2014," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"He has an excellent group of receivers, led by seniors Mekale McKay, Max Morrison, and Chris Moore," Reuter wrote. "They should help Kiel put up huge numbers again this fall and lead the Bearcats to a conference title and top bowl game." Kiel completed 233-of-390 passes for 3,254 yards, 31 TDs and 13 interceptions in 13 starts last season. The gifted Cincinnati prospect is Mel Kiper's No. 4 underclassmen quarterback in the nation.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 14 - 10:02 PM

Cincinnati redshirt junior QB Gunner Kiel "has the chance to grow into a coveted pro quarterback for what will be a prolific Cincinnati offense," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The former Indiana and LSU commit and Notre Dame transfer completed 233-of-390 passes (59.7 percent) for 3,254 yards (8.3 yards per attempt), 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 13 starts last season. "He had his ups and downs, but even though it seems like he's been around forever, he was a first-year starter," Brown wrote of last season. The draft expert ranks Kiel as the No. 12 signal-caller in the land.
Jul 7 - 3:56 PM

NFL Media ranked Cincinnati redshirt junior QB Gunner Kiel as their No.1 "best players outside the Power 5 conferences."

"He needs to increase his completion percentage (it was 59.7 last year) and lower his interceptions total (he tossed 13), but he has all the tools to be a big-timer, including a strong arm. Cincinnati has a deep group of receivers, and those receivers should be living large this fall with Kiel throwing the ball," College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin wrote. The former Notre Dame transfer completed 233-of-390 passes for 3,254 yards, 31 TDs and 13 interceptions in 13 starts last season. The Cincinnati prospect is ESPN's Mel Kiper's No. 4 underclassmen quarterback in the nation.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 29 - 3:39 PM

Cincinnati redshirt junior QB Gunner Kiel is "squarely in the mix as one of the better QB prospects in college football," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"In 2014, the well-traveled Kiel finally put together a season we suspected he was capable of as he showed off a strong, accurate arm," Kiper wrote. "He's also a bit more athletic than people (see: opponents) tend to realize, and he creates chances with his escapability." The analyst ranks Kiel as the No. 4 underclassmen quarterback in the nation. Kiel posted a nice 31/13 TD/INT ratio last year.
Jun 23 - 10:27 PM

Yahoo's Eric Edholm ranks Cincinnati redshirt junior QB Gunner Kiel as the No. 24 prospect.

"The career arc of the 'Gunman' hasn't gone according to script, but he showed last season — while playing hurt with a rib injury, we might add — that he still has the strong arm, quick release and quality athleticism that made him one of the most coveted high school recruits in the country," Edholm wrote. "Another strong season could vault him into the early-entry and first-round pools." The analyst is higher on Kiel than most. For instance, Walter Football graded Kiel as a Rds. 3-5 prospect. Kiel threw for 31 touchdowns against 13 interceptions last year.
May 26 - 11:42 PM

Walter Football ranks Cincinnati redshirt junior QB Gunner Kiel as the No. 8 QB in the country.

"After years of hype, Kiel finally stepped onto the field in 2014 and flashed some arm talent," the site noted. Indeed, after a rough start to his career, Kiel threw for 31 touchdowns against 13 interceptions last year. Walter Football graded Kiel as a Rds. 3-5 prospect.
May 19 - 11:32 PM

Cincinnati redshirt sophomore QB Gunner Kiel suffered an apparent head injury and will miss the remainder of the game against Virginia Tech.

Prior to leaving, Kiel completed 14 of 26 attempts for 244 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, barely missing a few other gains. Kiel took a sack and his head hit the turf hard, and he will almost certainly not return. Cincy is already without Munchie Legaux, so senior Michael Colosimo will finish this game. Kiel has been injured on multiple occasions this season.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 04:01:00 PM

Cincinnati redshirt sophomore QB Gunner Kiel completed 15 of 24 attempts for 190 yards and two touchdowns before leaving early in the third quarter in the school's 38-31 win over Houston.

Some reports have stated Kiel was dealing with cramps and he was replaced by Munchie Legaux for the remainder of the contest. Kiel did return to the sideline during the game. This is not the first time this season Kiel has deal with injuries, as he had a nagging rib issue for multiple games.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 03:30:00 PM

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.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 12:02:00 AM

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.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 09:38:00 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.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 12:17:00 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.
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 11:09:00 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.
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 06:29:00 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.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 10:09:00 AM