Gunner Kiel, who was one of the top quarterback recruits of the 2012 class, has listed Ole Miss among the schools that have contacted him about transferring from Notre Dame. The 6-4 quarterback found himself stuck behind redshirt freshman Everett Golson on the depth chart after Golson surprisingly emerged to take the Fighting Irish to last season’s national championship game.
“The biggest factor for me now going through it all again is having a great relationship with my position coach,” said Kiel, according to ESPN’s Joe Schad.
The former 5-star recruit could fare well under Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze, who guided quarterback Ryan Aplin to Sun Belt Player of the Year honors in 2011. Rebels offensive coordinator Dan Werner doubles as the quarterbacks coach and has resume a that features time spent at Miami developing national title winner Ken Dorsey and Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta along with star college quarterbacks Steve Walsh and Craig Erickson.
Incumbent Rebels starting quarterback Bo Wallace will be a junior in 2013, so Kiel wouldn’t be allowed to start until 2014 if he transferred. Wallace’s 2012 campaign included 2,994 yards passing, 22 touchdowns, 17 picks and a 142.7 rating along with 390 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground as the full-season starter. Ole Miss went 6-6 in the regular season last year with no wins over ranked teams, though the Rebels did end the year on a two-game win streak in topping state rival Mississippi State and Compass Bowl opponent Pittsburgh.
Kiel did not take any snaps for the Irish in 2012. Other programs that Kiel reportedly said have contacted him are Mississippi State and Kansas State, while he’s also considering Tennessee, Ball State, Northern Illinois and Miami (Ohio) as potential options.