The Cincinnati Bearcats received some great news Wednesday.
As reported by Tom Groeschen of Cincinnati.com, the American Athletic Conference announced that quarterback Munchie Legaux has been granted an additional year of eligibility.
The New Orleans native started at quarterback last year for the Bearcats as a senior but suffered a gruesome leg injury in a Week 2 loss to Illinois.
After tearing several ligaments in his knee, he underwent surgery and missed the entire remainder of the season. Groeschen noted that the Bearcats hope to have Legaux back for summer camp.
This is just a step in the long process for Legaux. Was still favoring the leg at UC's bowl game, but was out throwing before kickoff.— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) February 12, 2014
At 6'5", 200 pounds, Legaux is a skilled dual-threat player. He threw for 382 yards and ran for 107 in 2013 before suffering his injury.
He is 205-of-397 passing for 2,847 yards and 20 touchdowns with 16 interceptions in his career. He has also tallied 627 rushing yards with seven scores.
Senior Brendon Kay filled in under center after Legaux's injury, throwing for 3,302 yards and 22 touchdowns with 12 picks.
Who will start at QB for UC next year?
Cincinnati lists three quarterbacks on its roster along with Legaux: senior Michael Colosimo and sophomores Bennie Coney and Gunner Kiel. Kiel sat out the 2013 season after transferring from Notre Dame. The 6'4", 208-pound Columbus, Ind., native is expected to compete for playing time this offseason.
Wide receiver Shaq Washington was also granted an additional year of eligibility. According to Groeschen, he played just four games as a freshman due to injury.
The Maple Heights, Ohio, native had a breakout season in 2013, catching 78 passes for 783 yards and a touchdown, including consecutive 100-yard performances against Rutgers and Houston.
Cincinnati will open its 2014 nonconference slate Sept. 13 against Toledo. The AAC is yet to release its 2014 schedule.