PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Zach Collaros is firmly entrenched as the starting quarterback at Cincinnati, but there will be a wide-open competition to become his backup.
Coach Butch Jones said he anticipates Munchie Legaux and Jordan Luallen will get the bulk of the reps come fall practice, with the hope that Brendon Kay will be healthy enough when he returns from a knee injury. The backup job came open when senior Chazz Anderson decided to transfer this month, leaving the Bearcats with inexperienced players behind Collaros.
When asked how he would pick his starter, Jones said, "It’s the individual who can manage the offense. Overall command, the knowledge and execution, being able to make the basic plays and be in a situation where they don’t have to win the game for us, just manage the game for us. Take the classroom to the field and run the offense."
Jones also must decide how to split the reps during fall camp, because he does not want to take any away from Collaros.
"We’ll do some different things in training camp to maximize each of those individuals' reps with different scenarios," Jones said. "When you’re trying to find who you’re second quarterback is going to be, you can’t take away the reps Zach will receive. We’ll manufacture some different things in how we practice and our practice schedule."