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Cincinnati hired Dolphins QB coach Zac Taylor to serve as offensive coordinator.

Taylor had been the Dolphins QB coach for the last four seasons, but got a taste of offensive play-calling after HC Joe Philbin was fired mid-season. In addition to the Bearcats' hiring of Taylor, the program also announced the hiring of J.B. Grimes as OL coach and Jim Turner as RB coach. In a statement, HC Tommy Tuberville said, "We were able to attract great coaches and recruiters who have a high degree of experience at all levels. Zac is an up and comer in our profession with a great pedigree and JB and Jim are experienced coaches with a wealth of football knowledge."
Jan 24 - 5:25 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.
Jan 24 - 2:08 PM

Cincinnati senior WR Mekale McKay accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

For the 2015 campaign, McKay hauled in 27 passes for 507 yards and two touchdowns. He missed two games due to injury, one reason he failed to match his junior receiving line of 44-725-8. Beyond injury, though, the consistency just wasn't there. Several days before Christmas, CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler noted that scouts have been disappointed that the 6-foot-5, 195-pound senior often plays smaller than that stretched-out frame.
Jan 16 - 7:06 PM

AL.com's James Crepea reports that Auburn OL coach J.B. Grimes has been hired by Cincinnati to serve in the same capacity.

Grimes had spent the last three seasons coaching Auburn's offensive line, but following a reported Monday meeting with the Bearcats, it appears he'll be taking his talents to Cincinnati. One obvious connection here, his son Nick is currently serving as a graduate assistant coach for the tight ends under HC Tommy Tuberville.
Source: al.com
Jan 11 - 4:33 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Tom Groeschen reports that Cincinnati OC Eddie Gran will interview with Kentucky for the same position.

Kentucky opted not to retain OC Shannon Dawson at the end of the season, hence the opening that Gran's reportedly eyeing. The 50-year-old coordinator has ties to Wildcats' HC Mark Stoops, too,having coached with Stoops at Florida State from 2010 to 2012. Cincinnati had themselves an extreme up-and-down campaign in 2015, but they finished the season ranking fourth in average passing yards (373.1 per game) and 24th in scoring offense (36.1 points per game).
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 07:58:00 PM

Cincinnati sophomore RB Mike Boone rushed for 32 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in Thursday's 42-7 loss to San Diego State in the Hawaii Bowl.

Boone finally, finally erased the Bearcats' zero on the scoreboard with a short rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, but it wouldn't come close to mattering in what was one of the more thorough thrashings of this bowl season. With the lackluster Christmas Eve defeat in the books, the 5-foot-10, 201-pound sophomore can look back on a 2015 campaign that saw him rush for 749 yards and nine touchdowns. While Boone surpassed 100 yards rushing just three times in 13 games, he averaged a stellar 7.2 YPC on his 104 carries.
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 05:09:00 PM

Cincinnati true freshman QB Hayden Moore completed 19-of-30 passes for 202 yards and three interceptions in Thursday's 42-7 loss to San Diego State in the Hawaii Bowl.

Moore was starting in place of Gunner Kiel, who didn't make the trip to Hawaii due to a personal matter. It didn't go well. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound freshman failed to rev the offense, averaging 6.7 YPA without a touchdown pass. Cincinnati wouldn't score in the contest until RB Mike Boone notched a one-yard touchdown run with 3:21 remaining. That merely served cosmetic effect. Moore showed promise with a 557-yard, four-touchdown performance against Memphis on September 24, but outside of that contest, it's been something of a struggle. He closed the season throwing five picks in his final two games.
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 04:13:00 PM

According to CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler, Cincinnati senior WR Mekale McKay has "disappointed this season, battling injuries and inconsistency."

Brugler wrote that scouts would want to see McKay "play up to his size" in the Hawaii Bowl against San Diego State on December 24. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound senior enters that contest having caught 25 passes for 494 yards and two touchdowns. Compare that to his 44-725-8 line from a season ago. Brugler called the Arkansas transfer a "tall, lanky athlete [who] has long strides and large catch radius to elevate and rebound the ball over defenders."
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 06:16:00 PM

Cincinnati true freshman QB Hayden Moore will start against San Diego State in the Hawaii Bowl.

Starter Gunner Kiel is dealing with a personal issue and will not travel to the Islands with his teammates. That means it's Moore's show. For the purposes of handicapping the matchup, we don't think this changes much. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound freshman played well earlier this year and nearly stole Kiel's job. With Kiel or Moore behind center, we like the underdog Aztecs.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 09:43:00 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 HC Tommy Tuberville indicated that he's been in extension talks with AD Mike Bohn.

Said Tuberville, "We’re sitting down now, talking. Hopefully we can get everything done before the first of the year." He draws an annual salary of $2.2 million. His current contract runs through the end of the 2017 season. In his first three years with the Bearcats, Tuberville holds a 25-13 record, including a 7-5 mark for the 2015 campaign. His squad will square off with San Diego State in the Hawaii Bowl on December 24. Perhaps Santa has a big ol' contract extension hidden in his bag of gifts?
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 05:44:00 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

Cincinnati redshirt senior OL Parker Ehinger will play in the Shrine Game.

Scouts can't wait to get the 6-foot-7, 315-pounder under their collective microscopes. He's long and uses that to his advantage in pass protection when playing tackle, forcing defenders to take wider angles to the quarterback. Because he's mean and powerful, many scouts think he's best suited to play guard, where he's spent much of his time over the past few years. ESPN's Mel Kiper sees a late Day 2 or early Day 3 pick.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 05:21:00 PM

Cincinnati senior WR Chris Moore will play in the Senior Bowl.

Moore has posted 39 receptions for 823 yards, seven touchdowns and a very nice 21.1 yards per catch average. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder exists in the Kolby Listenbee phylum of pure deep threats. Moore will "be someone to watch as a surprise standout at the NFL Scouting Combine in February," believes NFL.com's Chad Reuter. Get those stopwatches ready, boys.
Source: Senior Bowl
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 08:22:00 PM


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