Cincinnati Bearcats starting quarterback Gunner Kiel is currently not with the team and there is a possibility he may not play in the Hawaii Bowl against San Diego State. Kiel has not practiced at all this week and he is away from the team due to a personal family matter but the school made it clear there's not a legal or disciplinary element to it.
The school said they may have an update on Kiel's status on Wednesday, but as of Tuesday his status against the Aztecs is unclear.
This year Kiel has thrown for 2,777 yards. 19 touchdowns and has 11 interceptions in 10 games. He missed time earlier this year when he took a shot to the head against Memphis. Not having Kiel may not matter for this game as the offense looked just fine with freshman Hayden Moore who stepped in for Kiel while he was out earlier in the year.
Moore came in cold off the bench in that Memphis game and completed 31 of 53 passes for 557 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. He saw time in seven games and completed 58.5 percent of his passes while averaging 240 yards per game with nine touchdowns and eight interceptions.
The Cincinnati offense may not change much, if at all, with Moore slinging the passes, but this also means that San Diego State might have to prepare for two quarterbacks instead of one.