It was a beautiful day for football as Cincinnati held it's annual spring game this year at Paul Brown Stadium and fans had the chance to witness the recent quarterback battle of Jarred Evans and Gunner Kiel. In the first half Kiel ran with the first string offense, while Evans ran with the second team.
Evans coming into his first spring game at the D-1 level talked about the experience of the atmosphere of the game and getting use to it all. "A lot of people cheering our names, cheering for the Bearcats' so I felt comfortable," he said.
It was not a good start for Evans in the first half, he went 5 of 10 with 26 yards and one interception while running with the second team. He would see all the action with the first team in the second half going 14 of 20 with 113 yards and one touchdown. While Kiel went 17 of 22 for 300 yards all in the first half, no second half action.
"We both did a hell of a job today," Evans said. "Gunner did good with the one's, in the beginning I did good with the two's. I should have stepped my game up with the one's coming into the second half but competation was real well. I feel like we're going to have ot throughout the summer so it's time to fight."
Evans is still in the crash course learning stages, while Kiel has a year under his belt after sitting last season but learning while doing so. Evans talked about learning the offense and becoming knowledgeable about it.
"It's coming real well for me now," he explained. "I understand the reads, I understand what the defense is doing and where to go with the ball faster, so that's great."
So as the spring wraps up, we can look forward to more of this battle at Higher Grounds this summer. And you can't forget that Munchie Leguax can be added to this battle if he regains his health by the summer. Stay tune for this developing battle as we head into Higher Grounds.