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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

Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville wants Alabama to agree to a home-and-home series.

"It’s just hard to get a team to say we’ll have a home-and-home with Cincinnati … it’s a little bit risky," Tuberville said. "We’re just not going to be one of those teams that’s going to just go somewhere and play and not get a return game." The former Auburn coach wants another crack at the Crimson Tide, but doesn't sound confident that it will happen. "I’m in charge of our schedule right now, so, I’m out there trying to find teams to play," Tuberville said. "Now would I be really fired up about (playing Alabama)? Probably not because it’d be a one-game match."
Source: Al.com
Jul 8 - 10:05 PM

NFL.com predicts that Cincinnati sophomore QB Gunner Kiel will beat out senior Munchie Legaux for starting duties.

The site also doesn't believe JUCO transfer Jarred Evans should be discounted. Kiel is certainly the most highly touted candidate in the competition. The former top Notre Dame recruit spent one season behind Everett Golson and Tommy Rees before enrolling with the Bearcats in April. "Kiel has a great grasp of the offense -- he had to sit out a year after transferring and looked very sharp during the Bearcats' spring game," wrote staff writer Bryan Fischer. "Legaux is still recovering from a horrific knee injury he suffered last year and is a bit of an unknown despite being a starter last year. Don't be surprised if Tommy Tuberville has Kiel start the opener and allows Legaux to rotate in at times if he's healthy and can run at full speed in the fall."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 21 - 5:26 PM

Cincinnati QB Brendon Kay signed with the Steelers after the draft.

NFL.com's Gil Brandt ranked Kay as the eighth-best undrafted QB, and CBS Sports ranked him the 456th-best prospect in the draft, perhaps numbers he'll use on his resume when searching for employment when this whole football thing comes to an end. Kay (6-foot-3, 226 pounds, 4.64 forty) looks the part, and he also possesses a strong arm, but he isn't natural on the field. The clumsy execution manifests in erratic play, and it would take a superb coach to unlock his tools.
May 13 - 9:21 PM

Cincinnati TE Blake Annen had a pre-draft visit with the Texans, reports Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

Annen is also known to have worked out for Eagles assistant TE coach Justin Peelle. The 6-foot-4, 247-pounder could intrigue clubs due his athleticism in a sturdy frame. Annen ran a 4.41 second forty, benched 25 reps, and had a 34-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot broad jump at his pro day workout. He's likely to hear his name called on Day 3.
May 3 - 7:54 PM


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