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Cincinnati named sophomore QB Hayden Moore the starter over redshirt senior Gunner Kiel.

Redshirt freshman Ross Trail was also a part of the competition. Many have been shocked by this news since the announcement, but looking back at blurbs from late July shows Moore leading the depth chart, with Moore at No. 3. Moore produced an outstanding game against Memphis last season, passing for over 550 yards and four touchdowns, but the rest of his starts were less than adequate. The Bearcats kick off the season with a cupcake in UT Martin.
Aug 23 - 9:43 AM

Cincinnati redshirt junior WR Tshumbi Johnson could miss upwards of 7-8 weeks after breaking his foot.

To be specific, Johnson broke the fifth metatarsal in his foot. He was a three-star recruit out of high school in 2013, but has yet to make his mark in HC Tommy Tuberville's offense. Last season, the 5-foot-11, 174-pounder appeared in nine games and caught four passes for 64 yards. Consider it a depth blow for the Bearcats, but little more than that.
Aug 10 - 12:23 PM

Cincinnati is expected to run more this season under new OC Zac Taylor.

Looking to replace Eddie Gran, Tommy Tuberville this winter tabbed ex-Dolphins OC and former Nebraska quarterback Zac Taylor. Taylor will run a no-huddle offense that figures to rely more on the run than Gran's scheme did. "One of the things I believe about turnovers is we’ll protect the quarterback," Taylor told the press when he was introduced. "I don’t want to drop back 40 times a game. There’s other ways to get the throws. We’ll be under center, do some play action, some screens, help take the pressure off the line and the quarterbacks. That all starts with a great run game as well." Bearcats junior RB Mike Boone (749 yards rushing, 9 scores last year) is an attractive breakout candidate. Boone figures to receive more run than Tion Green (729, 8).
Aug 3 - 5:22 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.
Jul 28 - 1:01 PM

At a local fan rally, Cincinnati HC Tommy Tuberville said that sophomore QB Hayden Moore was leading the depth chart.

More surprising than the fact that Moore held the lead entering August, Tuberville tagged Gunner Kiel as his third quarterback. Redshirt freshman Ross Trail is wedged in-between the pair as Moore's current backup. Last season, Moore made highlight reels around the world when he lit up Memphis for 557 yards passing and four touchdowns at the end of September. He wouldn't come close to touching those lofty heights again and finished out with 1,885 passing yards (59.1% completions) and a 9/11 TD/INT ratio.
Jul 28 - 12:54 PM

Cincinnati senior C Deyshawn Bond was named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy.

The hardware is given annually to the nation's top center. This is the third straight preseason in which Bond has made the Rimington list. The 2015 All-American Athletic Conference second teamer was a cog in a line that blocked for a Bearcats offense that ranked fifth nationally in total offense (559.4 yards per game).
Jul 27 - 7:12 PM

Cincinnati junior RB Mike Boone was named to the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award.

Teammate QB Gunner Kiel was also listed on the Maxwell list. The award goes to the national college football Player of the Year. Boone appeared in 10 games last season as a sophomore, tallying 717 yards on 96 carries for a sensational 7.5 yards per carry as part of a three-back rotation. He also converted 14 kick returns for 231 yards. All that was good for sixth in the American Athletic Conference with 105.5 all-purpose yards per game. Now that last year's leading rusher Hosey Williams is gone, Boone is expected to take over as starter with senior Tion Green also figuring in.
Jul 26 - 5:08 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.
Jul 9 - 3:58 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.
Jun 20 - 5:32 PM

Cincinnati president Santa Ono stepped down to become the president of the University of British Columbia.

Ono was born in Vancouver, so this isn't exactly a step into unknown territory. The 53-year-old had served as Cincinnati's president since October of 2012. His new gig up north is set to begin on August 15. In a statement, HC Tommy Tuberville sounded out after the announcement, saying, "We wish him the best, obviously. He did a great job here. I enjoyed working for him."
Jun 13 - 1:42 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman T Grant Schmidt transferred to Cincinnati.

Doff of the cap to cincinnati.com's Tom Groeschen for the news of Schmidt's transfer. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound tackle -- a four-star recruit from the 2015 Buckeye class -- will be sidelined by transfer regulations for the coming season, but will have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2017.
May 24 - 3:36 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman T Grant Schmidt will transfer.

No word as of yet where might Schmidt might transfer. If the 6-foot-6, 285-pounder opts to stay at the FBS level, he will be forced to sit out a year per NCAA rules. Schmidt was a member of the 2015 recruiting class and hails from the football mecca of South Dakota. Rivals ranked the four-star recruit as the 20th best tackle in the 2015 class.
May 15 - 12:17 PM

Raiders sign Cincinnati WR Johnny Holton.

Holton (6'1/190) spent two years as a Bearcat after transferring from JUCO, playing special teams and earning sub-package work at wideout. He finished his career with a 46-892-10 (19.4 YPR) receiving line and pedestrian 20.9 yards per kickoff return. Holton's lack of college dominance combined with his average athleticism -- 4.54 forty, 31 1/2-inch vertical -- make him an NFL long shot barring Pro Bowl-level gunner production.
May 3 - 10:54 PM

Colts signed Cincinnati WR Mekale McKay.

McKay (6'4/207) spent three seasons at Cincinnati after transferring from Arkansas, finishing his Bearcats career with 87 catches for 1,717 yards (19.7 YPR) and 17 touchdowns. He showed good-not-great athleticism at the Combine, running 4.55 with a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. McKay struggled with drops in college and lacks crispness in his routes, but has some field-stretching tools. He reminds a bit of Raiders WR Andre Holmes.
May 2 - 5:42 PM

Ravens selected Cincinnati WR Chris Moore with the No. 107 overall pick of the 2016 draft.

Moore (6'1/206) was a three-year starter at Cincinnati, recording 119 catches for 2,301 yards (19.3 YPR) and 26 TDs. He ranked second in the American Athletic Conference in yards per reception (21.1) as a senior. Moore's long arms (33 3/8") create a wide catching radius, and he showed plus athleticism in Indy with a 4.53 forty, 37-inch vertical, and 10-foot-10 broad jump. A natural tracker of the ball in flight, Moore's drawbacks are his hip stiffness and tendency to body catch. He's a pure vertical receiver who doesn't necessarily offer enough deep speed to win vertically in the pros. Moore would do well to earn a steady third receiver job.
Apr 30 - 12:40 PM


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