Cincinnati offensive coordinator Eddie Gran enters the 2015 season with a lot of talent to run his offense. Last season the Bearcats showed the ability to throw to multiple receivers with strong armed quarterback Gunner Kiel at the helm.
Bearcat Insider spoke with Gran about his offense and he looked back at the teams long scrimmage and the past few practices as the team grinds in their final days at Camp Higher Ground.
Gunner Kiel enjoyed a successful but painful first year running the Bearcats offense. But with over 3,200 yards and 31 touchdowns, Kiel lived up to his hype in his first year of getting on a college field. The Bearcats expect Kiel to improve his game management and add to his great first year stats. Backing up Kiel will be redshirt freshman Hayden Moore. In the first scrimmage of the preseason, Moore enjoyed a solid day. But he's untested on the field in game situations and a major question mark. True freshman Ross Trail has shown a strong arm and quick release early in camp and is the future of the Bearcats. The plan will be for Trail to watch and learn in 2015 but an injury to Kiel could push the Bearcats hand and force them to insert Trail in the game plan.
Cincinnati returns three running backs all capable of starting and getting the job done. Hosey Williams, Tion Green and Mike Boone have the skill set to keep defenses honest and help Kiel and the Bearcats passing attack be even more dangerous.
The return of Shaq Washington, Mekale McKay, Chris Moore and Max Morrison give the Bearcats four talented receivers for Kiel to find. Last season the four combined for 24 touchdowns and over 2,600 receiving yards. There should be no let up in 2015.
This is the area of most concern going into the season. A couple of key pieces graduated off of last years team. Deyshawn Bond and Parker Ehinger will anchor the line and as camp continues Ryan Leahy, Justin Murray and Delonte Murray look like the early favorites to complete the line.
Will D.J. Dowdy take his game up another notch or does Tyler Cogswell step forward and grabs his chance to get the majority of snaps? That will be the question for the first few weeks of the season.