After a gut-wrenching 34-31 overtime loss at No. 10 Louisville, the Cincinnati Bearcats are looking for answers, particularly from the quarterback position.
Junior starter Munchie Legaux has struggled in recent weeks. Even though he has a world of potential, he continues to throw the ball to the other team which has cost Cincinnati immensely in consecutive road losses.
Cincinnati has plenty of talent everywhere on the field to win the Big East and play in a BCS bowl game. There is no question that Cincinnati was the more talented of the two teams on Friday night, but turnovers kept Louisville in the game, eventually leading to the Cardinals victory.
Legaux has now thrown eight interceptions on the season and five in the past two games. His completion percentage is another issue, as it has now dropped under 53 percent for the season.
He had not been bad all season and did lead the Bearcats to a dramatic victory over Virginia Tech a month ago. Legaux is still the most talented of the quarterbacks on the roster, but something has to change if the Bearcats are going to win their remaining games.
One option for Cincinnati would be to throw in a few packages for a more polished passer. Fifth-year senior Brandon Kay could be that guy. He has shown potential to be an excellent passer and could play a series in each half to switch things up.
The senior has been through multiple knee injuries during his time in Cincinnati, and has often been considered the best pure passer on the team.
Another option for Cincinnati would be to put in junior Jordan Luallen and run the wildcat once in a while. The Georgia Tech transfer played sparingly last season in the wildcat for Cincinnati and did see action at the beginning of this season.
Luallen spent some time on the defensive side of the ball this season, but was switched back to offense and has also seen some action at wide receiver.
These two options would not only make opposing defenses plan for more than one quarterback, but also give Legaux a breather.
The play calling is also something that could be improved upon. Allowing Legaux to use his feet more might be beneficial to the 6'5" quarterback and the Cincinnati offense.
Cincinnati needs to do a better job of playing to the strength of Legaux and using the run to supplement the passing game.
While the season is not completely lost, Cincinnati is going to need to change something as far as quarterback is concerned in order to win its fourth Big East title in five years.
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