Bearcats Scrimmage Recap

The first scrimmage for the Cincinnati Bearcats football squad is in the books and there was a lot to talk about after its conclusion.

At the last moment, Cincinnati moved practice from the Sheakley Bubble to Paul Brown Stadium, which will be the Bearcats' place of residence for the next year due to Nippert's renovation.

The area on the field that gathered the most attention for the scrimmage today was to see the play of the two quarterbacks in Gunner Kiel and Jarred Evans. Kiel who is the assumed starter come the season opener, but with Evans' recent play in multiple practices, there may be a chance that Tommy Tuberville goes with a two-quarterback offense and use Evans in Wildcat formations.

On Kiel's first drive running with the first team offense starting from his own 25 yard line, Kiel made it look easy and was flawless going 6-for-6 for 63 yards and finishing off the drive with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Shaq Washington who accounted for 29 of the 63 yards on the first drive.

On Evans' first drive from his own 25, he struggled at first with the speed of the linebackers blitzing but finished the drive going 4-for-6 for 30 yards before coming up short on a 4th and 2 pass.

Kiel's second drive starting deep in his own territory didn't seem to faze him at all as he easily marched the team down the field with long passes of 22 yards and 42 yards to junior receiver Chris Moore, and the 28-yard touchdown pass to Shaq Washington once again which put Kiel at 9-for-9 with 155 yards passing.

Despite the complex blitzing schemes that the defensive coordinators were calling against him, Evans handled the blitzes well and began to use his mobility more but the drive still ended with no points on a turnover on downs. 7-for-10 for 47 yards was Evans' stats to that point. Later on in the scrimmage when Evans ran with the first-team offense, he used his mobility to his advantage as he scampered 31 yards to the end zone untouched rolling to his right.

The Bearcat first-team offense soon decided to pull out some tricks in their playbook as Gunner Kiel tossed the ball back to running back Tion Green and he proceeded to launch the ball deep to Chris Moore for a 25-yard touchdown. Moore was also a dark horse performer for this scrimmage as his unofficial stats show that he amassed 138 yards receiving under Kiel and Evans.

But the final stats for both of the quarterbacks, Gunner Kiel finished 15-for-20 for 185 yards and two touchdowns and that is including the two-minute drills ran near the conclusion of practice. Jarred Evans finished 10-for-18 for 78 yards, one touchdown passing and one rushing. He also racked up 54 rushing yards.

So far it looks like Kiel is the clear front-runner for the starting job and the zone that he has been in with his receivers Washington and Moore is making his job easier. But Evans is surely developing his game and role with the team but must work handling blitzes from the weak side.

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