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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 freshman walk-on RB Chamoda Kennedy-Palmore passed away Thursday after being involved in a motorcycle accident.

"Kennedy-Palmore was riding his motorcycle and wearing a protective helmet and equipment when he hit the side of a car attempting to turn across two lanes of traffic, according to reports," Fox Sports Ohio Kevin Goheen writes. Kennedy-Palmore recently joined the team following a try out after the season opener against Toledo.
Source: Fox Sports
Sep 26 - 10:31 AM

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

Cincinnati redshirt senior OT Eric Lefeld "lacks the foot quickness and size to protect the blind side," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-5, 309-pounder earned First Team All-AAC honors as the Bearcats' starting left tackle last season. That doesn't necessarily impress Pauline, however. "I don’t see a single draftable senior on the Bearcats roster at present time," he wrote. "I was very high on Eric Lefeld entering the 2013 campaign but the left tackle struggled last season displaying limited agility and athleticism. In my opinion Lefeld lacks the foot quickness and size to protect the blind side and is better off inside at guard at the next level." Lefeld begins the 2014 season with 32 career starts.
Aug 7 - 10:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline grades Cincinnati redshirt junior DE Silverberry Mouhon as a Round 5 prospect.

"I like the potential Silverberry Mouhon displayed on film," Pauline wrote. "He’s an undersized college pass rusher with terrific lateral agility and quickness. A move to outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment will be a consideration at the next level." Mouhon (6-foot-4, 248 pounds) finished in the Top-20 nationally with 9.5 sacks last year.
Aug 7 - 8:35 PM

Arkansas freshman CB Chris Murphy has decided to transfer to Cincinnati, according to CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler.

Murphy was a three-star member of the 2014 class but decided to enroll with the Razorbacks early. However, after spring ball, Murphy decided he wanted to transfer. Murphy will likely have to sit out this season but he will join Cincinnati next week and begin practicing, per Fowler.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 4 - 4:15 PM

Cincinnati senior RB Ralph David Abernathy's "versatility as an offensive weapon makes him a player worth keeping an eye on," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The Bearcats star's diverse skill set should help new QB Gunnar Kiel's acclimation into the starting lineup. "With a smallish frame that won't be able to take a consistent beating at the NFL level, Abernathy won't receive much attention as a prospect, but his versatility as an offensive weapon makes him a player worth keeping an eye on," Brugler wrote. The 5-foot-7, 161-pound Abernathy runs a 4.45 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 18 - 9:55 PM

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

Cincinnati redshirt senior OT Eric Lefeld must "improve his functional strength and aggressive nature to maximize his potential as a draft pick and player at the next level," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The 6-foot-5, 309-pounder earned First Team All-AAC honors as the Bearcats' starting left tackle last season. "Lefeld has the size to play the position at the next level with a quick, effortless kickslide off the snap," Brugler wrote. "He shows the vision of a veteran on tape, seeing the field well with proper awareness and the effort to finish each block. While those are the positives, Lefeld also has his share of negatives and areas needing improvement. He bends well at the knees, but is often caught lunging and lacks an overpowering demeanor with suspect anchor and upper body strength. Lefeld's hand technique is often sloppy, passive and late and his punch can be frustrating to watch when matched up against fierce pass rushers (see Lefeld vs. North Carolina DE Kareem Martin last season)." Lefeld begins the 2014 season with 32 career starts; he began his career at right tackle.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 18 - 8:00 PM


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