After finding out his starting quarterback in Hayden Moore was going to be sidelined, head coach Tommy Tuberville had a decision to make. With the Victory Bell on the line and the Miami RedHawks coming to town despite having a record of 0-3 the Bearcats knew this game was going to be tough. The Bearcats have dominated the “currently fictional” rivalry winning 10 straight. Chuck Martin has had the RedHawks within striking distance to pull off the upset the last three years. So, Tuberville had to make a tough decision that ended up paying off with a 27-20 win over Miami.
With Moore sidelined it came down to Ross Trail or Gunner Kiel for Tuberville. Knowing this game is like Miami’s version of a Super Bowl, Tuberville had to choose between Kiel’s experience and Trail’s potential. Kiel was injured in last year’s contest at Miami and Trail was in attendance as a first year redshirt. Kiel, despite having the experience has shown in the past he has turned the ball over at a high rate. If you are Tuberville once deciding he was going to be third on depth chart you can’t bring Kiel back into action. His confidence is shattered to say the least. Best option was and always has been the young freshman Ross Trail.
Me, personally I’ve been campaigning for Trail to be the opening day starter since camp. On Saturday Trail certainly proved he deserves a chance to be the permanent starter. He threw for 276 yards and although he didn’t throw any touchdown passes he was poised and relaxed in the pocket. He did throw two interceptions, but that’s expected out of a player making his first start. He also had 9 carries for 40 yards and one touchdown on the ground. That’s what separates Trail from Kiel and Moore in my opinion his ability to make plays with his feet.
Watching the game Trail proved he is the future for Tuberville and the Bearcats. If Tuberville rolls the dice and makes him the starter the experience Trail will gain this season could prove to be monumental for seasons to come. The dynamic Trail brings being able to make plays with his feet would cause headaches for opposing defenses. He just has to prove it to his head coach and I believe Saturday was just small sample size of what’s to come from Trail. After all, he is the future so why not start the “future” now?