Since news broke that Eddie Gran would be leaving Cincinnati for Kentucky, people began speculating that his quarterback, Gunner Kiel, may follow his footsteps.
It makes sense on paper. Kiel has transferred before, he had plenty of success with Gran at Cincinnati, making him familiar with the system and he would be eligible to play immediately. A Cincinnati fan even told me that it’d probably be the best move for him, even though he’d hate to see him go. Today Twitter caught on fire when rumors circulated that there’s a strong chance he transfers to Kentucky, but that was quickly debunked by Jon Hale of The Courier-Journal.
To make sense of the situation I’ll say this:
1. We won’t know until we know, and right now, nobody really knows.
2. Kiel was the starter, but his backup, Hayden Moore, played in all but four games this season. It wouldn’t make much sense to bring in a graduate transfer for one year that you only kinda sorta trust.
There’s no doubt that Kentucky needs another quarterback. After all, in yesterday’s press conference Darin Hinshaw said he started looking for another quarterback the minute Stoops hired him, but I don’t believe he was looking for one in Cincinnati.
At the top of their list is dual-threat JuCo quarterback Stephen Johnson. Johnson was offered last week and was reportedly told that Hinshaw evaluated 17 other JuCo QB’s before offering Johnson. Today Patrick Loney confirmed that Johnson will visit Kentucky on January 14th.
After watching Johnson’s film, Freddie Maggard fell in love with Johnson, not just because he can run, but because of his quick release. After watching his highlights, I agree with him. Besides, I’d rather watch something new and exciting than a recycled quarterback, but only time well tell who ends up in Lexington when Spring Practice begins.