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NFL Media ranked Cincinnati redshirt junior QB Gunner Kiel as their No.1 "best players outside the Power 5 conferences."

"He needs to increase his completion percentage (it was 59.7 last year) and lower his interceptions total (he tossed 13), but he has all the tools to be a big-timer, including a strong arm. Cincinnati has a deep group of receivers, and those receivers should be living large this fall with Kiel throwing the ball," College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin wrote. The former Notre Dame transfer completed 233-of-390 passes for 3,254 yards, 31 TDs and 13 interceptions in 13 starts last season. The Cincinnati prospect is ESPN's Mel Kiper's No. 4 underclassmen quarterback in the nation.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 29 - 3:39 PM

Cincinnati redshirt senior OL Parker Ehinger is capable of making the NFL as a G or T, according to NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Ehinger (pronounced EIN-ger) was a Freshman All-American in 2012 at right tackle. The 6-foot-7, 315-pounder shifted to RG for the bowl game that year and hasn't moved back. Which is too bad, because that frame screams tackle and it'd be nice to see him given a chance to prove he can handle outside duties. "If given the chance to play tackle again this year, he can show the footwork to move outside in the NFL ... otherwise, he'll likely earn a starting job inside," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 11:09 PM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, NFL scouts "have a high opinion" of Cincinnati redshirt senior OG Parker Ehinger.

"It's easy to see why," Pauline wrote. "He’s a nasty blocker with terrific power. I disagree with scouts who stamped him at offensive tackle as I feel he’s best at guard." The analyst gave Ehinger a Rd. 4 grade. The 6-foot-7, 315-pound Ehinger is a former three-star recruit made good.
Jun 25 - 6:37 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Cincinnati senior WR Shaq Washington is "slightly underrated."

"The Bearcats have a number of receivers that intrigue scouts including Shaq Washington who I feel is slightly underrated. He’s a slot receiver that also helps out returning punts," Pauline wrote. The 5-foot-9, 174-pound Washington posted 66 receptions for 761 yards and four TDs last season, and currently sits fifth on the Bearcat's all-time list, with 150 career receptions.
Jun 25 - 2:41 PM

Cincinnati redshirt junior QB Gunner Kiel is "squarely in the mix as one of the better QB prospects in college football," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"In 2014, the well-traveled Kiel finally put together a season we suspected he was capable of as he showed off a strong, accurate arm," Kiper wrote. "He's also a bit more athletic than people (see: opponents) tend to realize, and he creates chances with his escapability." The analyst ranks Kiel as the No. 4 underclassmen quarterback in the nation. Kiel posted a nice 31/13 TD/INT ratio last year.
Jun 23 - 10:27 PM

Cincinnati offensive coordinator Eddie Gran's "varied and extensive background, and his recruiting acumen, should appeal to some ADs later this year," believes NFL Media.

The 49-year-old was a successful SEC RB coach from 1994-2009 at Mississippi, Auburn and Tennessee. He coached for three seasons at Florida State before agreeing to take over the Bearcats' offense. "He has experience in a variety of offensive sets and is known as one of the best recruiters of south Florida in the nation," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. NFL Media ranks Gran as the No. 9 hottest assistant coach in the country.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 7 - 5:58 PM

Yahoo's Eric Edholm ranks Cincinnati redshirt junior QB Gunner Kiel as the No. 24 prospect.

"The career arc of the 'Gunman' hasn't gone according to script, but he showed last season — while playing hurt with a rib injury, we might add — that he still has the strong arm, quick release and quality athleticism that made him one of the most coveted high school recruits in the country," Edholm wrote. "Another strong season could vault him into the early-entry and first-round pools." The analyst is higher on Kiel than most. For instance, Walter Football graded Kiel as a Rds. 3-5 prospect. Kiel threw for 31 touchdowns against 13 interceptions last year.
May 26 - 11:42 PM

Walter Football ranks Cincinnati redshirt junior QB Gunner Kiel as the No. 8 QB in the country.

"After years of hype, Kiel finally stepped onto the field in 2014 and flashed some arm talent," the site noted. Indeed, after a rough start to his career, Kiel threw for 31 touchdowns against 13 interceptions last year. Walter Football graded Kiel as a Rds. 3-5 prospect.
May 19 - 11:32 PM

Dolphins signed Cincinnati LB Jeff Luc.

Luc (6'0/251) spent two seasons with the Bearcats after transferring from Florida State, piling up 16.5 tackles for loss, eight forced fumbles, and eight sacks. He ran 4.57/4.61 at the UC Pro Day, adding a 34-inch vertical and 8-foot-10 broad jump. A violent downhill player with very little ability to move laterally, Luc projects as a two-down thumper. There has been some discussion of an NFL team moving Luc to fullback, where his contact-seeking approach could be a nice fit.
May 3 - 5:33 PM

Cincinnati OT Eric Lefeld wasn't invited to the combine.

The four-year starter was also a two-time all-conference pick. "Lefeld was highly rated by many entering the season except league scouts, who were proven correct," TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote in December. "He’s a solid college tackle but lacks the balance, athleticism and necessary skills to be anything other than a small area blocker at the next level." The 6-foot-5, 309-pounder will be in an NFL camp this summer, perhaps via a UDFA contract.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 7 - 9:01 PM

Cincinnati DE/OLB Terrell Hartsfield will play in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote in October that NFL scouts have been talking about Hartsfield "for awhile now." The 6-foot-3, 246-pounder is a former four-star recruit who runs a forty in the 4.8-second range. "An athletic prospect with natural pass rushing skills, Hartsfield could well sneak into the late rounds if he performs well in pre-draft workouts," Pauline wrote. He now has his chance to do so.
Jan 7 - 6:11 PM

Cincinnati junior WR Shaq Washington had five receptions for 100 yards in Saturday's Military Bowl setback versus Virginia Tech.

It was his second 100-yard receiving game of the season. Washington snatched 78 catches for 784 yards and a touchdown in 2013, and followed that up by posting 66 receptions for 761 yards and four scores this season. The diminutive Washington should put up monster numbers in 2015 as one of Gunner Kiel's favorite targets.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 09:51:00 PM

Cincinnati redshirt sophomore QB Gunner Kiel suffered an apparent head injury and will miss the remainder of the game against Virginia Tech.

Prior to leaving, Kiel completed 14 of 26 attempts for 244 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, barely missing a few other gains. Kiel took a sack and his head hit the turf hard, and he will almost certainly not return. Cincy is already without Munchie Legaux, so senior Michael Colosimo will finish this game. Kiel has been injured on multiple occasions this season.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 04:01:00 PM

Cincinnati redshirt sophomore QB Gunner Kiel completed 15 of 24 attempts for 190 yards and two touchdowns before leaving early in the third quarter in the school's 38-31 win over Houston.

Some reports have stated Kiel was dealing with cramps and he was replaced by Munchie Legaux for the remainder of the contest. Kiel did return to the sideline during the game. This is not the first time this season Kiel has deal with injuries, as he had a nagging rib issue for multiple games.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 03:30:00 PM

Low opinions by NFL scouts of Cincinnati redshirt senior OT Eric Lefeld have been justified, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Lefeld was highly rated by many entering the season except league scouts, who were proven correct," Pauline wrote. "He’s a solid college tackle but lacks the balance, athleticism and necessary skills to be anything other than a small area blocker at the next level." The 6-foot-5, 309-pounder earned First Team All-AAC honors as the Bearcats' starting left tackle last season, but he doesn't have enough quickness to compensate for his lack of size.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 11:54:00 PM


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