CINCINNATI -- Gunner Kiel hasn't played in a real live, the final score counts, football game in three years. Saturday wasn't one of those games for Kiel but he was taking Cincinnati's spring game serious. He has the quarterback pedigree name and the background of being a highly-decorated recruit but when it comes to college football Kiel doesn't have much else.
That's why Saturday was so important to him.
Kiel played the first half of UC's spring game at Paul Brown Stadium, leaving the kind of impression he hopes will carry over once practices get underway for real in August and the games start counting in September. He completed 17 of 22 passes for 300 yards, leading the first team offense to scores on four of five drives before he took the rest of the afternoon off.
The Red team made of mostly first- and second-teamers, beat the White team, 24-23, for what that's worth. The score didn't matter but while this is just the first week of April, for Kiel Saturday was the biggest day h...