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Cincinnati Bearcats Quarterback Granted Sixth Year of Eligibility

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What a year it has been for Cincinnati Bearcat quarterback Brendon Kay. The senior quarterback’s career looked to be nearing an end and then it was given a new life.

In week nine, the fifth-year senior was given an opportunity to replace an ineffective Munchie Legaux against Syracuse and never looked back.

He started every game for the remainder of the season, going 3-1 as the starter for Cincinnati.

Kay has had a history of injuries and this new life is exactly that in a Bearcats’ uniform. In 2010, after his second knee injury, doctors suggested that the 22-year-old quarterback hang up the cleats because they weren’t sure if he would ever be able to play competitively again.

The hard work in rehab paid off for Kay as he finally got his shot to fill in for a struggling Legaux.

The senior was limited to just six games prior to the 2012 season and talked about the adversity he had to overcome:

“That’s where your love for the game really comes out. It was extra motivation for me to prove all those people wrong. There’s nothing better than when people say you can’t do something and you can do it.”

Kay seems to have done just that: proved people wrong. He will get an even better and extensive chance to do so as he applied and was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

Kay’s stats prior to this season were 5-8 for 47 yards and no career touchdowns. This season he finished 70-113 for 966 yards and six touchdowns with just two interceptions, including his first career touchdown against Syracuse.

Good news for a genuinely good guy.