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Brian Kelly on Gunner Kiel: He 'found the right place' at Cincinnati

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly thinks Gunner Kiel found the right fit at Cincinnati. (USATSI)
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly thinks Gunner Kiel found the right fit at Cincinnati. (USATSI)

Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel has made several stops on his way to arriving with Tommy Tuberville's Bearcats. Kiel committed to Indiana and LSU before enrolling early at Notre Dame in January 2012. After spending his freshman year with the Irish, Kiel decided to transfer to Cincinnati in April.

Recently, Kiel's former coach weighed in on the quarterback's transfer and his eventual decision on where to finish his career.

"He reminds me of Tony Pike," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "He's long and athletic. He's got escapability, and he's got a strong arm. It must have been a situation where he just felt like he'd have an opportunity somewhere else to play quicker because he's got all the tools. I think he's found the right place."

Kiel will sit out 2013, due to NCAA transfer rules, while Brendon Kay and Munchie Legaux battle for the quarterback snaps in their final year of eligibility. Kiel, a consensus five-star prospect, was ranked the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2012, and first-year Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville believes it was the scheme of the Bearcats' new offensive staff that brought Kiel to Cincinnati.

"It's huge," Tuberville said of Kiel's decision to enroll at Cincinnati during an appearance on ESPN's SVP & Russillio show. "And when he decided to come here, he didn't decide to come here because of me or anybody else. He came here because of the offense we're running

"He's kinda a pro-style guy. He wants to be a drop-back quarterback. He wants to learn protections, and he wants to learn to read coverages. He wants to run an offense on the field by changing plays at the line of scrimmage, making decisions on pass routes. So that's the type of offense we run."

One quarterback from Tuberville's 2013 signing class, Brent Stockstill, has already decided to play for his father, Rick, at Middle Tennessee instead of suiting up for the Bearcats. With Kay and Legaux exhausting their eligibility this fall, Kiel will be the front runner to take over in 2014.

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