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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

Cincinnati redshirt freshman QB Ross Trail is starting against Miami (OH) on Saturday.

Trail is starting in place of Hayden Moore, who was not on the field for pregame warmups due to an undisclosed injury. ESPN ranked the 6-foot-3, 216-pounder as a four-star recruit for the 2015 cycle. Prior to drawing Saturday's start, Trail had attempted just two passes at the collegiate level.
Sep 24 - 4:15 PM

Cincinnati sophomore QB Hayden Moore (undisclosed) is not playing against Miami (OH) on Saturday.

Moore's exact injury is unknown, but he was battered by Houston in last Thursday's loss. Redshirt freshman Ross Trail is starting in his place against the Redhawks, with Gunner Kiel earning backup honors. The coming practice week should provide more clarity as to whether the 6-foot-3, 203-pound Moore will be able to play against South Florida next Saturday.
Sep 24 - 4:11 PM

Cincinnati redshirt junior TE DJ Dowdy "has failed to meet expectations," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Last season, Dowdy had a total of 11 catches for 103 yards and three touchdowns. Expected to break out this fall, Dowdy instead has produced only one catch. "I scratched my head when informed Dowdy received a mid-round grade from scouts," Pauline wrote. "After watching the film I eventually stamped him as a marginal last round pick largely due to his computer numbers."
Sep 23 - 4:32 PM

Cincinnati junior RB Mike Boone found no easy sledding in Thursday's 40-16 loss to Houston, rushing for a paltry 29 yards on 12 carries.

Boone's long run went for 10 yards. He averaged just 2.4 YPC. The explosive plays just haven't been coming for the 5-foot-10, 201-pounder this season. He entered Thursday's contest running at a 3.8 YPC clip. For the season as a whole, he has picked his way to 132 yards and a touchdown on 42 carries.
Sep 15 - 11:43 PM

Cincinnati sophomore QB Hayden Moore completed 21-of-37 passes for 275 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Thursday's 40-16 loss to Houston.

The Bearcats hung tough with the Cougars through the first three quarters and actually led 16-12 after Moore found Nate Cole on a four-yard touchdown toss with 14:57 remaining in the game. Houston would come roaring back with 28 unanswered from the point on, 14 of which came on back-to-back pick-sixes thrown by Moore in a brutal short stretch midway through the final quarter. It was a poor ending for the 6-foot-3, 203-pounder, though to be fair, he had no help whatsoever from the running game. Cincinnati managed just 30 yards rushing as a team.
Sep 15 - 11:39 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline called Cincinnati senior QB Gunner Kiel a draft faller.

Kiel failed to win the starting job out of the camp and has begun the season as the backup. "Kiel entered the season stamped as a potential middle rounder by scouts but as I mentioned, there were several red flags which would result in a draft day slide," Pauline wrote. "This does not bode well for Kiel to receive playing time in the near future and will adversely effect his draft grade."
Sep 12 - 6:45 PM

Cincinnati sophomore QB Hayden Moore went 19-for-32 for 250 and a 3/1 TD/INT ratio in Saturday's 38-20 victory over Purdue.

He also rushed for 58 yards and two more scores. This is more like it for Moore, who had a ho-hum opener against Tennessee-Martin. Moore and his new-look receiving corps are still clearly getting acclimated to each other, but we think this offense could become flammable later this season due to the upside of Moore and his young friends on the perimeter and the one-two RB duo of Tio Green and Mike Boone.
Sep 10 - 4:05 PM

Cincinnati sophomore QB Hayden Moore went 21-for-34 for 260 and a 2/1 TD/INT ratio in Thursday's 28-7 win versus UT-Martin.

It was a solid, workmanlike showing against an FCS cupcake. Good enough to fend off Gunner Kiel for another week, away. Last year, Moore finished with 1,885 passing yards and a 9/11 TD/INT ratio on 59.1% completions.
Sep 1 - 10:18 PM

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


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