Brendon Kay or Munchie Legaux?

Brendon Kay or Munchie Legaux?

BearcatInsider takes a look at who should be UC's starting quarterback going forward.

It's the question on everyone's minds. Who should start at quarterback for this Cincinnati Bearcat football team? For the first five games it was no question; Munchie Legaux performed admirably, piling up over 300 yards of total offense twice and leading impressive victories in all five games. Against Toledo, things began to unravel a bit. Legaux threw a costly pick six and did not lead the UC offense into the end zone. Still, it was only one game, and nobody's perfect. Against Louisville, things got even bleaker as Legaux threw three interceptions, his last one being a terribly underthrown ball in overtime that all but sealed the win for the Cardinals, and completed under fifty percent of his passes. Still, Legaux led the game tying touchdown drive with under two minutes left in the fourth quarter, showing that when on his game, he is still one of the most explosive quarterbacks in the country. Finally, things came to a head against Syracuse. Legaux only threw one interception, but had two more, one of which was thrown directly into a Syracuse safety's hands, that could have easily been picked off. It was after that third "almost" interception that Coach Butch Jones brought in Brendon Kay, the fifth year Senior. Kay responded like a senior should, throwing for 32 yards and a touchdown, completing three of three passes, and rushing for 18 yards on six carries. More importantly, Kay looked like somebody who was in complete control of the offense.

So, the question is: who should be running the offense? In Legaux, you have a playmaker, somebody who can break off a big run, buy extra time in the pocket, and most importantly, someone who has been there before, starting 8 games this year and four last year. Then you have Brendon Kay. Kay has not started a game in his career, and has limited playing time, but he looked great out there today. You get the feeling watching him play that he's a quarterback who plays within himself. He doesn't try to do more than he is capable of, and he makes smart decisions. The last attribute with Kay is where I think the decision should lay. It's never been a question of talent with Legaux, it's always been his decisions making, poorly timed throws and fitting balls into tight spaces that end up in interceptions. In my opinion, and let me remind you that I am simply a journalist, not an offensive coordinator, I believe Kay deserves a shot. He went out there today and finished the job, throwing for a touchdown to boot. Coach Jones said in his post-game press conference that this week would be a competition, not hinting in any direction. We will see what happens when we get closer to game day, but in my opinion, I would like to see what Kay can do in leading the team next week against Temple.

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