Before the Bearcats took to the turf fields of Camp Higher Ground, we asked five questions. Can we now answer them?
ANSWER: Following the second scrimmage of camp there is no doubt in our minds that Gunner Kiel is ready to show why he was considered the top quarterback in the country coming out of high school. During camp he’s shown the ability to make all the throws including going deep down the field, hitting the out routes and showing touch on those passes that need it.
ANSWER: Coming out of camp we liked what we saw from the starting five of Eric Lefeld, Kevin Schloemer, Deyshawn Bond, Parker Ehinger and Cory Keebler. We also feel the Bearcats have a couple of guys who could fill an injury issues if needed but left concerned about the backup at center with Dominic Mainello.
QUESTION: Is the Cincinnati receiving corps as good as many feel it has the potential to become?
ANSWER: Yes!!!! There is no question this group of receivers is the best Bearcat Insider has seen wearing the Red & Black since we started covering the team in 2005. In fact many who have seen the program over the years came away hard pressed to name a deeper group. Teams will have pick who they want to stop and watch as someone else steps up and makes the big play.
QUESTION: Will a workhorse back emerge in camp that offensive coordinator Eddie Gran can count on?
ANSWER: This area is still one we have to answer no. While we like the group of backs in the stable of Tion Green, Hosey Williams and Bod Moore, no one really stepped forward and grabbed total control of the position. Tommy Tuberville has pushed Green on the field and in the media and while we’ve seen flashes, he’s yet to really stand up and take full control. However, we do feel this group will have no problem providing production.
QUESTION: Can the offense as a whole be as potent as last season’s group?
ANSWER: From the first day of camp the Bearcats had no problem pushing the field deep with the footballs flying all over the field. This offense has big play potential and that should open up running lanes to provide from several games with 100 yard rushing performances. Backup quarterback is still a battle as Munchie Legaux is ahead of schedule but the performance of Jarred Evans was not missed by the staff. If the offensive line can give Kiel protection this offense could rack up some major offensive numbers.