Cincinnati Bearcats Counting On QB Munchie Legaux

Paul Frederiksen, USA TODAY SPORTS

While other teams may have better quarterbacks, it would be tough to top the name of the quarterback for the Cincinnati Bearcats.

His full name is Benton Shannon Legaux, but he’s known as “Munchie” in the world of UC athletics.

Legaux became the starter for the Bearcats in 2012, leading Cincinnati to a share of the Big East title. The dual-threat standout connected on 52 percent of his passes last season for 1,716 yards, with 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also rushed 55 times for 335 yards, with a long of 77 yards. Legaux had four rushing touchdowns as well.

Lagaux figures to benefit from his new head coach, Tommy Tuberville. While serving as head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Tuberville’s teams were always among the nation’s best in total offense, including placing second in the country last season in that category.

However, Tuberville’s offensive coordinator the past three seasons, Neal Brown, is now the offensive coordinator for his alma mater, the Kentucky Wildcats. So will the Bearcats throw the ball around the lot like Texas Tech did?

“My philosophy is to give the players the best chance to win,” Tuberville said at his introductory press conference. “I like to run the ball, I like to throw the ball. We were the number one pass offense in the country this year at Texas Tech, but I think it all goes back to one thing: you have to be consistent at what you do.”

Tuberville and his staff will evaluate the talent of the players on the roster, and Legaux will be chief among those players that will make big plays for the 2013 Bearcats. Whether it’s with his arm or with his legs, Legaux will be counted on to be a key cog in the Cincinnati offense in 2013. How he, and Tuberville, get that done remains to be seen.

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