Thursday, February 28, 2013
Legaux, Kay to compete for Bearcats QB job
By Andrea Adelson
Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux might have lost his starting quarterback job last season, but new coach Tommy Tuberville is going to give him an opportunity to win it back.
Tuberville said in a phone interview with ESPN.com on Thursday that Legaux and Brendon Kay will once again compete for the starting job when spring practice opens Friday. Legaux and Kay were involved in a competition last spring and fall before Legaux won the job. He started the first eight games last season before Kay replaced him midway through the Syracuse game.
Kay ended up starting the final five games of 2012.
"(Legaux) and I have spent a lot of time together talking in the last three or four weeks about his future, and we’re going to give him every opportunity to win the starting position," Tuberville said. "I know over the last five or six games last year he was moved back to the backup role after getting off to a great start, but he’s a senior and he’s excited: new offense, new coaches, new perspective on showing us what he can do, so it’s wide open.
"Our starting quarterback, Brendon, he understands the same thing. We’re going to play the best quarterback. They’re going to be on an equal playing field going into this spring."
Don't expect a decision any time soon, either.
"I don’t know whether we’ll have our starter this spring or even at the end of spring," Tuberville said. "I think probably this is going to go on up to eight to 12 days of camp next fall. There’s not enough time to put enough offense in to evaluate what they can do with this offense, but there will be some competition. We’ll have three good scrimmages, and they’ll both have an opportunity to work with the first-team offensive line, receivers and running backs.
"Competition is the best thing in the world for a football team, especially when you have two quarterbacks who have played. They’ve competed against each other. Both are good friends. It’s going to be fun to watch those guys compete."
Legaux took heavy criticism last season because he had a tendency to make too many mistakes, and his accuracy has also been up-and-down. That led to his benching against Syracuse. Kay came into the game and led the come-from-behind win. He was better at taking care of the football, too. Kay was granted a sixth year of eligibility, and now he gets to fight for the starting job, again.