Brendon Kay Holds Edge in Quarterback Race for Cincinnati Bearcats for 2013

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While most of the buzz surrounding the Cincinnati Bearcats and their quarterback position recently has been about the transfer of Gunner Kiel, they still have to find a quarterback to play in 2013. Tommy Tuberville has his choice between a pair of senior signal callers and has been adamant that he won’t make his final decision before the summer. But as spring practice wraps up, returning starter Brendon Kay has set himself apart from former starter Munchie Legaux and should be named the starter for 2013.

Legaux started several games for Cincinnati last season, but lost the job to Kay as the year wore on. While Legaux finished 2012 with more yards and touchdowns than Kay, that could be attributed to having almost 100 more attempts throughout the year. Kay was clearly the more efficient quarterback, completing 63 percent of his passes (compared to Legaux’s 52.2 percent) while throwing for 1,298 yards with 10 touchdowns and just two interceptions. That efficiency made him the clear choice for Cincinnati down the stretch and into their Belk Bowl victory the Duke Blue Devils.

And he has carried that consistency over into the spring workouts. In the Bearcats’ final scrimmage of the spring session, Kay made some big plays, completing 6-of-12 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns. Legaux, on the other hand, was just 4-for-11 for 60 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. The Bearcats have a chance to make some noise in the Big East next season, but they’ll need a steady playmaker under center to get that done, and so far that has looked like Kay.

The sixth-year senior is primed to take advantage of his extra year of eligibility by seizing control of the Bearcats’ starting quarterback job. Can he do enough to take Cincinnati over the top in 2013?

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