Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Ben Bryant (6) runs toward the end zone during the Cincinnati Bearcats spring scrimmage at Nippert Stadium on Saturday, April 15, 2023.

Cincinnati Bearcats Football Spring Game April 15 2023

Report: Northwestern to start QB Ben Bryant vs. Rutgers

Ben Bryant will start at quarterback for Northwestern in its season opener at Rutgers on Sunday, ESPN reported.

Bryant previously started at Eastern Michigan and Cincinnati. Last season with the Bearcats, he passed for 2,732 yards with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Bryant announced his transfer after spring practice with Cincinnati.

At Northwestern, he had been competing primarily with junior Brendan Sullivan, with the two receiving most of the snaps in practice.

Sunday’s game will be the head-coaching debut for David Braun, who took over on an interim basis when longtime head coach Pat Fitzgerald was fired amid a hazing scandal within the program.

Braun declined to name a quarterback this week.

–Field Level Media

Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Ben Bryant (6) throws  a pass during the Cincinnati Bearcats spring scrimmage at Nippert Stadium on Saturday, April 15, 2023.

Cincinnati Bearcats Football Spring Game April 15 2023

Cincinnati QB Ben Bryant in transfer portal

Cincinnati starting quarterback Ben Bryant has entered the transfer portal as a grad transfer.

Bryant threw for 2,732 yards and 21 touchdowns against seven interceptions in 2022 before suffering a season-ending foot injury in November. His 61.2 completion percentage ranked as the 10th best in school history.

The move would suggest that Arizona State transfer Emory Jones will be the Bearcats’ starting quarterback in 2023.

Bryant, not quite 100 percent recovered from surgery on the foot, competed last week in the Bearcats’ spring game under new coach Scott Satterfield.

Bryant has thrown for 6,406 yards and 37 TDs and 17 picks in five seasons with Cincinnati (2018-20; 2022) and Eastern Michigan (2021).

Satterfield became the new Bearcats coach in December after Luke Fickell left to take the Wisconsin job.

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Ben Bryant (6) passes the ball against the Temple Owls during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bearcats QB Ben Bryant (foot) out for season

Cincinnati starting quarterback Ben Bryant will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury, ESPN reported Friday.

Evan Prater will make his first career start on Friday afternoon when the No. 24 Bearcats host No. 19 Tulane.

Both teams are 6-1 in the American Athletic Conference. Cincinnati would host the AAC title game with a win, but a loss combined with a UCF win against South Florida would knock the Bearcats out of the picture.

Bryant left last weekend’s 23-3 victory at Temple in the first half and was wearing a boot on his right foot during the second half.

The Eastern Michigan transfer completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 2,732 yards with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 11 starts this season.

Prater, a redshirt sophomore and former ESPN 300 recruit, was Ohio’s Mr. Football in 2019. He has completed 18 of 25 passes for 238 yards and has rushed for 113 yards and one touchdown this season.

–Field Level Media

Cincinnati Bearcats quarterbacks Evan Prater (3) and Ben Bryant (6) finish a session during a spring practice at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati on Thursday, March 24, 2022.

Cincinnati Bearcats Spring Practice

Report: Cincinnati to start QB Ben Bryant at Arkansas

Redshirt senior Ben Bryant will start at quarterback for No. 23 Cincinnati on Saturday at No. 19 Arkansas, ESPN reported.

Bearcats coach Luke Fickell previously declined to name a replacement for the departed Desmond Ridder, now a rookie with the Atlanta Falcons.

Bryant competed with redshirt sophomore Evan Prater for the QB1 job throughout the offseason.

Bryant backed up Ridder from 2018-20 before transferring to Eastern Michigan, where he passed for 3,121 yards with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 13 games last season. He transferred back to Cincinnati in January.

The Bearcats are putting a 20-game regular-season winning streak on the line against the Razorbacks.

–Field Level Media