The Bearcats have a ton of talent at the signal caller position, the one thing the program gained in a disappointing 7-6 season was quality playing time for then redshirt freshman Hayden Moore. With the ups, there were downs because Gunner Kiel again dealt with an injury riddled season. With that being said Bearcat Insider is going to talk about the quarterbacks on campus and what we should expect.
Kiel is going into his senior season and has already been placed on the Maxwell Award Watch List along with his teammate Mike Boone. He didn’t take the leap most expected last season. I feel pressing for the big plays and injuries didn’t help the progression in 2015. Stats wise Kiel had solid numbers (65.2%, 2,777 yards, 19 TDs and 11 Int (3 lost fumbles) in 10 games), but the turnovers must come down for him this year as we all know he’s a pro prospect at this point, a strong season could have him on a lot of teams radar in the middle rounds or higher depending on how scared they are about his previous injuries and any off the field situations that may be on the books.
Moore is going into his sophomore season and currently is the starting quarterback due to Kiel not being able to participate much in the spring, but unless the wheels fall off I personally expect Gunner to be at the helm September 1st. Moore is a cult hero on campus after throwing for over 500 plus yards against Memphis in backup duty and being the Miami Hurricanes at the Nip last season. He came back to life later in the season especially the Hawaii Bowl, but overall he had a decent season. Turnovers will have to be cut down for Moore, but with a year under his belt I’m pretty sure if he has to play he will take care of the ball a lot better. Despite throwing for 1885 yards in 9 games he had 11 interceptions and 4 fumbles lost, but what do you expect from a freshman who was pressed into action? I know a lot Bearcat fans won’t be mad if Moore has to be under center aka shotgun for any amount of the time.
Redshirt freshman Ross Trail had a spectacular spring showing. If Kiel and Moore slack during camp don’t be surprised if people start talking about the coveted quarterback. At the end of the day the Bearcats have three studs, but honestly from what I’ve seen I think Trail has the highest ceiling.
Jake Sopko is a current freshman, but I wouldn’t be shocked if they redshirt him like they did Moore and Trail. Sam Fette is a redshirt freshman and will more than likely serve as the teams’ fourth quarterback.
Note: Luke Wright transferred to Kentucky.