Cincinnati’s beginning quarterback Ben Bryant won’t play once more this season as a result of a foot damage, a supply informed ESPN on Friday.
With Bryant out, redshirt sophomore Evan Prater will make his first profession begin for No. 24 Bearcats in Friday’s sport in opposition to the No. 19 Tulane (midday ET, ABC). Prater, who was an ESPN 300 prospect, is taken into account some of the adorned recruits in this system’s historical past.
Prater enters a high-risk state of affairs. The Bearcats and Inexperienced Wave are each 6-1 in American Athletic Convention play, and a win in Cincinnati would imply the Bearcats host the convention championship sport at Nippert Stadium subsequent week. It could be the title sport’s third consecutive internet hosting. A Bearcats loss mixed with a UCF victory over South Florida would knock the Bearcats out of the title sport.
Bryant left final week’s sport in opposition to Temple within the first half and was noticed on the sideline with a boot on his proper foot late within the sport. He began each sport for Cincinnati this season after transferring again to the East Michigan faculty, throwing for two,732 yards, 21 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
Prater’s insertion will imply a really completely different dynamic on offense for Cincinnati. Prater, a former soccer participant from Ohio, is 6′ 1″ and weighs 200 kilos and brings true dual-threat dynamism.
Prater has made a big impression on the Bearcats this season. He led an upset victory over South Florida in October and performed many of the sport in opposition to Temple after Bryant’s damage, ending 12 of 17 for 127 yards.
In 2022, Prater accomplished 72% of his cross makes an attempt and rushed for 113 yards and a landing. In his profession, he has three speeding touchdowns and two passing touchdowns for a complete of 222 speeding yards and 276 passing yards in 15 video games over three seasons.