The Bearcats offense received great news heading into their battle against the BYU Cougars… The bye week worked out great as they were able to get Michael Boone, Gunner Kiel, Chris Moore and Johnny Holton Jr. cleared to practice.
On the Bearcat Insider message boards yesterday we got word that a few players that have been out recently will be available against the BYU Cougars. This is great news for the Bearcats who are fresh off a bye and beating the Miami Hurricanes.
Wide Receiver Chris Moore, running back Mike Boone, quarterback Gunner Kiel and wide receiver Johnny Holton, Jr are expected to be available in Provo on Friday.
Kiel was cleared on Sunday to start practicing again and on a short week finds himself in a battle against redshirt freshman Hayden Moore for the starting position. If Kiel is right I believe he will start, but Moore has shown he is more than capable of taking the reins and running with it. During the podcast last week we highlighted how Coach Tuberville stated, “It would be an open competition when Gunner is healthy” and he is sticking to his word. To keep the suspense going of course Tuberville will make this a game time decision, so if we get any word earlier we will try our best to get this information out as soon as possible to our Bearcat Insider readers.
The running game will be back to its normal three headed monster attack as the last two games they have been without the most explosive of the bunch Mike Boone. Getting Boone back will make defenses have somebody else to plan for as Tion Green and Hosey Williams both are very effective running the rock.
If there is one position the Bearcats have the most depth, its wide receiver and with two its most explosive guys coming back for Friday’s game it will give whomever wins the position this week even more weapons to target. Chris Moore and Johnny Holton, Jr. will be welcomed sights for Bearcat quarterbacks and fans.
Overall this is great news for the Bearcats as the bye couldn’t have come at a better time for them. Now on to Provo, Utah.