- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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As expected, coach Butch Jones officially named Munchie Legaux his starting quarterback Tuesday, a move that finally puts closure on one of the hottest topics surrounding this team.
Jones opened up the competition between Legaux and Brendon Kay through the spring and summer, saying the battle between the two made each player better. Legaux started three games last season in relief of an injured Zach Collaros and seemingly had the edge because of his game experience. Though he was inconsistent at times last season, Legaux showed flashes of being a dual-threat quarterback with the potential to make some noise in the Big East.
For his part, Legaux was happy to put all the questions behind him and focus on the season. Cincinnati is off this week and opens the season next Thursday, Sept. 6 against Pitt.
"It’s been my dream to be the starter and now I have to take advantage of the opportunity," Legaux said in a phone interview after practice. "You have to seize the moment. It’s my opportunity to go out there and show everyone that I can be the quarterback I’m capable of being, to execute the offense, lead my guys and just go out there and be myself, don’t try to do anything outside of the system that can cost the team, be the leader on and off the field in the classroom, in the weight room in the public, in the community."
Jones called Legaux into his office Tuesday and delivered the good news, telling him, "Have fun, be the quarterback that I came here to be and execute and go do my job."
Legaux said he spent the offseason working with his teammates to get better as a leader, developing stronger relationships with Jones and offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian, studying the playbook and watching countless hours of film.
"I feel like I've done everything I can to be the starter," he said.