Cincinnati wrapped up its spring practice schedule Saturday by putting on the annual spring game in Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals. Quarterback Gunner Kiel led the first team offense and performed admirably by completing 17 of 22 pass attempts for 300 yards and one rushing touchdown. Kiel’s performance was the highlight of what turned out to be a comforting day for the offense, according to head coach Tommy Tuberville.
“I can sleep a little better now because last week we were just awful on offense,” Tuberville said. “We threw the ball well, protected, and we had a couple of offensive lineman out last week that really made a difference this week. We didn’t do as much defensively, but we still made plays on offense.”
Kiel, who transferred from Notre Dame a year ago, has not won the starting job though. Tuberville suggested the quarterback competition will continue this summer. Last year’s starter, Munchie Legaux, should get back in to the competition later this year as well, and he should not be forgotten. Legaux suffered a season-ending knee injury early last season against Illinois. Whatever happens, Kiel is confident in his ability and he appears to be driven.
“ I want to play perfect every game,” Kiel said. “I came out here with a chip on my shoulder to get better and compete have fun and play fast because that’s what we are good at. So it was fun. I definitely enjoyed my time and I’m ready for the season to begin.”
Cincinnati will play the entire 2014 season in Paul Brown Stadium while Nippert Stadium continues undergoing renovations.