Munchie Legaux Injury: Updates on Cincinnati QB's Leg
Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Munchie Legaux was carted off the field in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against the Illinois Fighting Illini after suffering a gruesome leg injury from being hit on an incomplete pass.
Cart already out on the field for Legaux. It does not look good.— Eye on College FBall (@EyeOnCFB) September 7, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 9
ESPN's staff confirms Munchie Legaux will miss the remainder of the season and passed along a statement from Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville:
Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a gruesome knee injury, Bearcats coach Tommy Tuberville confirmed to multiple media outlets Sunday.
"It was pretty significant," Tuberville said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Obviously we all saw it on TV."
Legaux took to Twitter on Sunday to thank fans for their support:
Doing good thanks for all your prayers and concerns...— Munchie Legaux (@MunchieLegaux) September 8, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 8
From College Football Talk:
Update on Munchie Legaux: transported to UC Medical Center in Cincinnatit, being evaluated by UC sports medicine personnel.— CollegeFootballTalk (@CFTalk) September 8, 2013
UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 7
From Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer:
Tuberville confirms Legaux was taken directly to hospital with left knee injury.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) September 7, 2013
Legaux's injury happened on a 3rd-and-8 pass play on the Cincinnati 27-yard line. As the pocket collapsed around him, the Bearcats signal-caller unleashed an incomplete pass to Mekale McKay in traffic. With his left leg planted in a throwing motion, Legaux was hit full-force by a diving Tim Kynard, who seemed to have lost his balance on the way to the quarterback.
Legaux's leg buckled backward and bent in an unnatural position. He instantly crumpled to the ground and was writhing in pain on the Memorial Stadium field while holding his leg.
Upon seeing Legaux go down, players and trainers from both teams rushed to his aide. As noted by the Big Ten's Twitter feed, the first person at his side was Illinois coach Tim Beckman:
Tim Beckman first person to aide of Cincinnati QB Munchie Legaux, who suffered apparent major knee injury. Classy move by Beckman. #CINvsILL— Rittenberg/Bennett (@ESPN_BigTen) September 7, 2013
While there is no word on Legaux's condition, the scene on the field made it look likely the prognosis will be season-ending. Cincinnati broadcaster Tom Gelehrter received word from the Bearcats training staff, who indicated the senior signal-caller was immediately being taken to the hospital for X-rays:
Official word on Munchie Legaux: headed to hospital for x-rays. Considered serious knee injury. #Bearcats— Tom Gelehrter (@Tommy_G) September 7, 2013
Legaux left with the Bearcats trailing 31-17 with about 10 minutes remaining in the contest. The Bearcats would go on to lose 45-17. The senior QB was 17-of-31 passing for 237 yards and one touchdown against as many interceptions. He also added 52 yards on 11 carries rushing.
Finally settled in as Cincinnati's top quarterback, Legaux's season got off to a stellar start in the team's 42-7 win last week against Purdue. He threw for 145 yards and a touchdown, adding 55 yards and a score against the Boilermakers.
Brendon Kay, who has competed with Legaux for the starting job throughout camp and replaced him at multiple points last season, was brought in as a replacement. Kay will likely serve as Cincinnati's starter for the duration of Legaux's absence.
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