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Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

You all know Kiel's story: an indecisive recruit who wound up at Cincinnati after a few lost season. He started a number of games, but the once promising recruit was benched on a number of occasions. He only saw game action in five contests this season, on a team that went 4-8. Kiel is a longshot to stick in the NFL.
Nov 29 - 9:53 AM

Cincinnati sophomore QB Hayden Moore completed 20-of-37 passes for 371 yards and three touchdowns in Friday's 40-37 overtime loss to Tulsa.

Well, that was somewhat unexpected. Moore wasn't even guaranteed to start entering the practice week leading up to this contest, as he was flat-out dreadful in throwing for 144 yards and two interceptions in a loss to Memphis one weekend ago. You wouldn't know it from his Friday performance. Not only did the 6-foot-3, 203-pound sophomore throw for three touchdowns, he also caught one from 29 yards out on a first-quarter trick play. Despite this fine performance, Cincinnati did not come close to sniffing a bowl berth this season, as Friday's defeat dropped them to 4-8. Moore finished the campaign having thrown for 1,744 yards (57.3% completions) with an 11/7 TD/INT ratio.
Nov 26 - 12:04 PM

Cincinnati sophomore QB Hayden Moore will start against Tulsa on Friday.

No injury for Moore here to cast his starting status into doubt. Just pure ineffective play. The 6-foot-3, 203-pounder was intercepted twice by Memphis last Friday and managed a paltry 144 yards passing. Despite Moore's woeful showing, Gunner Kiel remains stuck in bench purgatory after seeing a few starts earlier this season.
Nov 22 - 2:10 PM

Cincinnati sophomore QB Hayden Moore struggled mightily in Friday's 34-7 loss to Memphis, completing 23-of-34 passes for 144 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

Moore's touchdown toss did not come until the fourth quarter, when the game was well out of hand. He averaged a dreadful 4.2 YPA in the blowout loss. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound sophomore holds an 8/7 TD/INT ratio in six games played.
Nov 18 - 11:46 PM

Cincinnati HC Tommy Tuberville said that senior QB Gunner Kiel and sophomore QB Hayden Moore will "battle it out" during practice for the right to start.

Tuberville indicated that the decision here likely won't be made until Thursday. It isn't an enviable one. Both Moore and Kiel struggled mightily in Saturday's loss to UCF, completing a combined 19-of-42 passes for 220 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. The winner of this "battle" will have the honor of starting against Memphis on Friday. It wouldn't be a surprise if both quarterbacks played in that contest.
Nov 15 - 2:49 PM

Cincinnati junior RB Mike Boone (foot) will miss the remainder of the 2016 season.

Boone did not play against UCF this past weekend due to a foot injury sustained against BYU the previous weekend. Now ruled out for the season, the 5-foot-10, 201-pound junior finishes up having rushed for just 388 yards and a pair of touchdowns over nine games. Tion Green should see the bulk of carries in Cincinnati's final two regular season contests against Memphis and Tulsa. The Bearcats will need to win both of those if they want to achieve bowl eligibility.
Nov 15 - 12:56 PM

Cincinnati HC Tommy Tuberville that junior RB Mike Boone (ankle) is unlikely to play against Central Florida.

"It doesn't really look good," said Tuberville. Boone injured his foot in last Saturday's loss to BYU. The 5-foot-10, 201-pounder has been largely ineffective this season, rushing for 388 yards (3.7 YPC) and two touchdowns through nine games. The campaign looks even more disappointing when compared to his 2015, when he ran for 749 yards (7.2 YPC) and nine touchdowns in 11 games played. Tion Green figures to see starter carries in Boone's place on Saturday.
Nov 10 - 3:57 PM

In regards to Cincinnati's 4-5 record, HC Tommy Tuberville said that "you've got to understand the perspective of coaches and players."

"Come up and spend a week with us all week, getting ready for a game. There’s a lot of scenarios you go through. Hey, I’m trying to get us over the goal line," Tuberville. The coach got into lukewarm-to-slightly-scalding water in Saturday's loss to BYU, getting into an intense exchange with a fan after the game. Tuberville later apologized for that incident. The Bearcats will need to win two of their final three games to gain bowl eligibility. They close the season with contests against UCF, Memphis and Tulsa.
Nov 8 - 4:35 PM

Cincinnati senior QB Gunner Kiel completed 15-of-27 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 34-13 loss to Temple.

Kiel has had one of the stranger seasons on the CFB landscape, in that he has barely had a season at all. He spent the majority of the season playing bench man, only drawing his first start in last weekend's win over East Carolina. He threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns in that one. While start No. 2 on Saturday saw no such aerial pyrotechnics, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound senior did fire off a pair of touchdown passes in the second quarter. The extra point was missed on one of those. Thus concluded Cincinnati's scoring offense against Temple on Saturday afternoon. Those playing dice with their quarterbacks in fantasy could take a flier on Kiel given that he has shown the ability to perform well in the past.
Oct 29 - 6:47 PM

Cincinnati senior Gunner Kiel has been named the school's starting QB for Saturday's game against ECU.

"It’s his turn. The ball is going to be in his hands," head coach Tommy Tuberville said. Kiel opened the season as third on the depth chart behind Hayden Moore and redshirt freshman Ross Trail. It feels like Kiel is in his fifteenth season of collegiate ball, as he started a number of games in the last few years. For his career, Kile has thrown for 50 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. Cincinnati's poor record of 3-3 this year, with no wins in conference play, likely contributes to this decision.
Oct 21 - 10:01 AM

Cincinnati sophomore QB Hayden Moore (ankle) went 29-for-56 for 315 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 20-9 loss to UConn.

HC Tommy Tuberville didn't announce Moore as the starter until his pregame radio show shortly before kickoff. The sophomore had been questionable with an ankle injury. We remain puzzled that the Bearcats won't play Gunner Kiel, a talented senior who is rotting on the bench.
Oct 8 - 3:18 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports sophomore QB Hayden Moore will start for Cincinnati against UConn.

Moore missed the last two games with an ankle injury. The Bearcats are 3-2 with respectable losses to Houston and USF. Moore was named the starter prior to the season over redshirt senior Gunner Kiel.
Oct 8 - 11:21 AM

Cincinnati HC Tommy Tuberville indicated that he is hopeful that sophomore QB Hayden Moore (ankle) will be able to play against USF on Saturday.

Moore sat out Saturday's win over Miami (OH) due to an ankle injury, presumably suffered against Houston in the previous game. Redshirt freshman QB Ross Trail started in his place and would likely draw the start once more should Moore be unable to rock and/or roll in this weekend's upcoming showdown with USF. Fallen angel Gunner Kiel will remain the Bearcats' No. 3 quarterback until further notice.
Sep 26 - 2:35 PM

Cincinnati redshirt freshman QB Ross Trail completed 25-of-38 passes for 276 yards and two interceptions in Saturday's 27-20 win over Miami (OH).

With Hayden Moore sidelined due to an undisclosed injury, Trail earned the starting nod against the Redhawks. The 6-foot-3, 216-pound redshirt freshman did throw for a respectable 276 yards, but on the whole, there was nothing flashy here. Depending on Moore's health, he could start again in next Saturday's date with South Florida. The Bearcats' quarterbacking situation should become more clear over the course of the coming practice week. Trail holds no fantasy value moving forward.
Sep 24 - 6:59 PM

Cincinnati senior QB Gunner Kiel is serving as backup quarterback to redshirt freshman QB Ross Trail in Saturday's game against Miami (OH).

Hayden Moore isn't playing due to an undisclosed injury, but even that is not enough to boost Kiel to starting honors. He is expected to take some snaps in Saturday's contest, but as of this posting, Trail is the only Bearcat to have attempted a pass.
Sep 24 - 4:18 PM


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