What the arrival of Gunner Kiel means for Cincinnati
Kiel’s decision to join the Bearcats is not only one of the biggest acquisitions in program history, but it just goes to show what Tommy Tuberville brings to the table.
The Notre Dame transfer was a five-star recruit and the consensus No. 1 quarterback for the class of 2012, receiving scholarship offers from powerhouses such as Alabama and Oklahoma.
Due to NCAA transfer rules, he’ll have to sit out this season – but will have three years of eligibility starting in 2014, where he has an excellent chance of earning the starting job.
Seniors Brendon Kay and Munchie Leguax will have graduated by then, making redshirt freshman Bennie Coney (a solid counterpart) his only real competition.
However, it seems as if he may have already received the nod for the ’14 season. Tuberville announced that he will be implementing a Pro-Style multiple offense that is expected to fit Kiel’s skill set.
This scheme is supposed to suit his strengths as a true pocket passer and his ability to make quick reads, fit the ball into tight spaces and beat the zone.
Combine this with Cincinnati’s always-potent running game, and you have a recipe for success. The Bearcats have had one of the most consistent, balanced offensive attacks over the last several years and now that looks to only get better.
Not only does Kiel give you an outstanding quarterback and great leadership, but his arrival means some potential head-turning from some other high-profile recruits. His enrollment could be the difference for prospects that are on the fence about committing.
And if that happens, Cincinnati should be the outright favorite to win the new-look Big East Conference – and a dark horse to sneak into the college football playoffs.
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