Kay Proves Himself in Victory.

Kay Proves Himself in Victory.

Senior quarterback Brendon Kay had a great game in his first start for this Cincinnati team.

The quarterback is the most important position on the football field. Similar to a point guard in basketball, the quarterback has the ball in his hands on every play, and controls the pace of the game. This Cincinnati team has had their fair share of drama over this position all season. Junior Munchie Legaux had some great games early in the year, leading UC to wins over the likes of Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Miami (OH), having huge games in all three. After a few shaky starts, the doubters came out in hoards, pouncing on every mistake Legaux made and pining for senior Brendon Kay. CBJ never wavered, and stood by Legaux. Finally, after an awful performance in a loss to Louisville and a not-so-great first half against Syracuse, the change was made, it was Kay's time to shine.

When there is a change at that position, it's a very delicate situation. You don't want to upset team chemistry, but you also need to go with your best option to win. In Kay, Coach Butch Jones seems to have found that option. Give Legaux some credit as well, he's handled his demotion incredibly well, cheering on every score by the Cincinnati offense today and being as helpful as you would want a team leader like Legaux to be. This game belonged to Kay though. The senior from Michigan completed 13 of 21 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns, both of those being 60+ yard strikes. Although Kay might not possess the athletic ability of Legaux, he's no slouch as a runner. He finished with 71 yards on seven carries to finished second on the team in rushing for the game.

It's easy to get caught up in the hype of a one game performance, and this article may be running that very risk. However, I believe this Cincinnati offense has found their signal caller for the rest of the 2012 season. Kay proved himself today in a starting scenario, and looked the part of a seasoned veteran. He made the smart throws, never forced anything, and let the game come to him. With the rushing attack this UC offense possesses, the Bearcats need a quarterback who can manage the game, make plays when needed, and not make mistake. In Brendon Kay, I believe the Cincinnati offense has found that guy.

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