University of Cincinnati transfer quarterback Ben Bryant won’t be moving too far this summer. The redshirt senior quarterback from Lagrance, Illinois, is going close to home for his last season of eligibility in 2023. He committed to the Northwestern Wildcats on Wednesday.
Bryant was Cincinnati’s starting quarterback last season, completing 213 of 348 pass attempts for 2,732 yards and 21 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. In the process, the Bearcats went 9-4 on the season, including 6-2 in AAC play, before losing 24-7 in the Fenway Bowl.
For Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern, Bryant’s commitment is an important one. Last season, three quarterbacks had 40 or more pass attempts for the Wildcats Ryan Hillinski, Brenden Sullivan and Cole Freeman.
All three quarterbacks struggled a bit in the process. Hillinski completed 55.8% of his passes for 1,644 yards and six touchdowns while throwing seven interceptions, Sullivan completed a strong 74% of his passes but had three interceptions for only four touchdowns in the process. Finally, Cole Freeman struggled the most with a completion percentage of just 48.9% while throwing five interceptions.
With the quarterback’s poor play, the Wildcats struggled mightily, averaging only 13.8 points on offense, going 128 of 131 teams nationally, leading to an overall record of 1–11. Their only win of the season came in Ireland, in their season opener against Nebraska 31-28. The Wildcats have not won on American soil since October 16, 2021 Rutgers 21-7.
Bryant should bring consistency and all-around strong play to the Wildcats next season.
Bryant, who graduated from high school in the 2018 hiring cycle, was a consensus three-star recruit who committed to Cincinnati due to offers from GeorgiaOle Miss and West Virginia, as well as other Group of Five programs.