Cincinnati beginning quarterback Ben Bryant won’t play once more this season as a result of a foot harm, a supply advised ESPN on Saturday.
With Bryant out, redshirt sophomore Evan Prater will make his first profession begin for the No. 24 Bearcats in Saturday’s recreation in opposition to No. 19 Tulane (midday ET, ABC). Prater, a former ESPN 300 prospect, is thought to be one of the embellished recruits in program historical past.
Prater enters a high-stakes scenario. The Bearcats and Inexperienced Wave are each 6-1 in American Athletic Convention play, and a Cincinnati win would imply the Bearcats host the convention championship recreation at Nippert Stadium subsequent week. It might mark their third consecutive internet hosting of the title recreation. A Bearcats loss mixed with a UCF win over South Florida would knock the Bearcats out of the title recreation.
Bryant left final week’s recreation in opposition to Temple within the first half and was noticed on the sideline with a boot on his proper foot late within the recreation. He had began each recreation for Cincinnati this season after transferring again to the varsity from Jap Michigan, throwing for two,732 yards, 21 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
The insertion of Prater will imply a a lot completely different dynamic on offense for Cincinnati. Prater, a former Ohio Mr. Soccer, is 6-foot-4 and 200 kilos and brings a real dual-threat dynamism.
Prater has made a big influence on the Bearcats this season. He led a come-from-behind win over South Florida in October and performed a majority of the sport in opposition to Temple after Bryant’s harm, ending 12-for-17 for 127 yards.
In 2022, Prater has accomplished 72% of his go makes an attempt and run for 113 yards and a landing. In his profession, he has three dashing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns whereas totaling 222 dashing yards and 276 passing yards in 15 video games over three seasons.