Apr. 21, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (1) , quarterback Tommy Rees (11) and quarterback Gunner Kiel (5) warm up before the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. Kiel and Golson traded numbers for the game so Kiel could wear number five in honor of his uncle and former quarterback Blair Kiel who died April 8, 2012. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Spring Football Roundup: Gunner Kiel Visits Cincinnati, Northern Illinois Gears For Another Run

Cincinnati Bearcats

No. 1 overall quarterback recruit in the class of 2012 and former Notre Dame Fighting Irish reserve Gunner Kiel visited Cincinnati spring practice over the weekend per Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Murmurings of Kiel transferring persisted at the end of Notre Dame’s run to the BCS championship game, then came to a head last month just before Brian Kelly opened off-season workouts.

Slap The Sign wonders if Kiel only wants playing time. Brendon Kay and Munchie Legaux both started in 2012, helping the Bearcats to a share of their fourth Big East championship in the last five seasons. Kay and Legaux are both seniors, which leaves an open position in 2014 when Kiel gains eligibility.

Both Kay and Legaux are dual threat quarterbacks, recruited to run the version of the spread Butch Jones and, coincidentally Brian Kelly oversaw while at UC. Kiel more resembles the style of quarterback new Bearcat head coach Tommy Tuberville has appointed to captain his offenses at Auburn and Texas Tech.

Northern Illinois Huskies

Jan 1, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Northern Illinois Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) prepares to pass in the third quarter of the game against the Florida State Seminoles at the 2013 Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The surprise BCS busters of 2012 are “hungrier” opening 2013 spring practice, writes Sports Illustrated‘s Ben Glicksman. Northern Illinois returns quarterback Jordan Lynch, the dual threat star who accrued statistics actually surpassing those of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. But Lynch is perhaps better known nationally for comments published in The Sporting News just before the Huskies’ Orange Bowl showdown with Florida State.

New Huskie head coach Rod Carey addressed the subsequent beating Lynch took from the Seminoles.

“He was jacked up in the Orange Bowl, no doubt, and he’ll admit that,” said Carey. “He didn’t play his best in that game because he was probably too amped up. But for the most part, the dude is pretty consistent. And I think he understands, there’s a lot of room for improvement.”

NIU opens 2013 visiting the Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa handed the Huskies their only regular season loss in last season’s opener.

UMass Minutemen

November 23, 2012; Foxborough, MA USA; The Massachusetts Minutemen get ready to take the field in a game against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

As chatter over more FCS programs moving up to FBS persists, one program that recently made the move is stuck in a quagmire. UMass had a tumultuous first FBS season — so much so, that some on the university’s staff demanded a move back to FCS.

One Amherst student takes it further, renewing pleas for a complete overhaul to college football, or asking it be banned outright.

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