It was a down year for the Cincinnati Bearcats senior quarterback Gunner Kiel, but he got some good news on Tuesday as he accepted his invitation to the East-West Shrine Game. Kiel was 66 of 127 for 52%, 804 yards passing, 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He started three games this season, but was the captain for every game. Despite the down year Kiel is in the top 10 in multiple passing categories in Cincinnati history.
My humble opinion is he will have a strong chance to play on Sunday next year. Good luck at the Shrine game.
University of Cincinnati senior quarterback Gunner Kiel (Columbus, Ind./East/Notre Dame) has accepted an invitation to play in the 2017 East-West Shrine Game.
Kiel is the 22nd UC player to earn a spot in the Shrine Game. Former OL standout Parker Ehinger was the most recent, playing in the 2015 contest ahead of being selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2015 NFL Draft.
The 2017 East-West Shrine Game will be held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. ET. This is the seventh consecutive year that NFL Network will provide exclusive coverage of the East-West Shrine Game -- the longest-running college football all-star game.
Kiel played in 29 career games at UC, throwing for 6,835 yards and 56 touchdowns. He completed over 60 percent of his passes and had a QB rating of 145.5.
He is UC's career record holder in TD to INT ratio (+30), ranks fourth is attempts (833), third in completions (505), fifth in completion percentage (.606), second in passing yards (6,835), second in passing TDs (56). Kiel shares the single-game record for passing TDs with six, a mark set in his first UC game against Toledo in 2014. He had 11 career games passing for 250 yards or more and one game with 500 plus yards, a career best 523 yards at Houston in 2015.
For more information on the East-West Shrine Game, visit ShrineGame.com.