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Toledo promotes two staffers to new roles on coaching staff

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Toledo head coach Jason Candle promoted two staff members to new coaching positions, the school announced on Monday. Kevin Beard and Nate Cole will move from positions related to player development to be the new wide receivers coach and running backs coach, respectively.

Cole joined the Toledo coaching staff in 2016 after previously playing college football for the Rockets from 2006 through 2010 and serving as a graduate assistant from 2011 through 2013. Cole takes over the role on the coaching staff as running backs coach previously filled by Kerry Dixon, who has since departed the Toledo program to be the new wide receivers coach at Georgia Tech. Cole most recently held the title of Director of Player Development for one year after two years as the Director of Player Personnel.

Beard is a newer addition to the Toledo football staff, joining the Rockets a year ago after holding previous jobs at Miami, Georgia, and Tennessee. Beard takes over as wide receivers coach following the departure of Mike Bellamy to Illinois. Beard took over the role of Director of Player Personnel and Assistant Recruiting Coordinator for Toledo in 2018 when he joined the program.

“We are very excited to move Kevin Beard and Nate Cole into their new roles as position coaches,” Candle said in a released statement. “Both men have the experience necessary to assume the responsibilities as a position coach. Kevin has previously coached wide receivers at some very strong programs, while Nate has been an important part of our program as a player or coach for the better part of a decade. I know they will be a great addition to our program as we strive to get better every day.”

Cincinnati QB Hayden Moore makes strong case for backup spot behind Kiel in spring game

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Before Michigan got started with its spring game today in Ann Arbor, Cincinnati was already getting to work Saturday morning. The Bearcats were not on TV, so the offensive fireworks that were lacking in Michigan Stadium were not on display down south in Ohio. That is a shame, because Cincinnati’s spring game was all about the offense.

Gunner Kiel completed 18 of his 26 pass attempts for 221 yards and a touchdown. His backup, Hayden Moore seemed to grab a firm hold of the backup job after a nice showing in the spring game. Moore completed 22 of his 29 pass attempts for 391 yards and three touchdowns. Despite the better day in the box score, do not anticipate Kiel’s starting job to be in jeopardy after Moore’s impressive spring game.

Other offensive highlights included Chris Moore leading all players with 133 receiving yards on seven catches and Nate Cole making a push with 105 yards on nine receptions. Last season’s leading rusher, Mike Boone, led the ground game with 152 yards on 13 rushing attempts. Tion Green had a pair of touchdown runs and 96 rushing yards as well. It was a good day for the offenses, and not quite so much for the defenses. First team offense went against first team defense and second team units faced each other as well.

Cincinnati is still going through a renovation to Nippert Stadium, so the team moved the spring action over to Sheakley Athletics Center, where fans seemed to pack the limited seats pretty well. Nippert Stadium will be ready for the first game of the season when Cincinnati opens the schedule at home against Alabama A&M on September 5.