Originally posted on Bearcats Blog  |  Last updated 8/26/13
The 2013 football season starts this weekend. A sellout crowd will be in the house to watch the Bearcats kick Purdue right in the ass. As a warm up to the season, let's run through the entire roster listed on Go Bearcats. If we are going to meet the Bearcats, we are going to meet all of them dammit. Today we start with the quarterbacks and kickers. I'm going to run these down in terms of playing time, which was a minor complaint people had last year. Quarterbacks 11- Brendon Kay Kay is expected to be the starting quarterback. He's a senior from Marine City, Michigan. This is Brendon's 5th year as a Bearcat. He played 2 games during the 2009 season, completing both of his passes for 19 and 8 yards respectively. He ran for 24 yards on 4 carries. He was 3-6 for 20 yards in 2010, running for 14 yards in his only game. In 2011, Kay saw action in 3 games, running 3 times for 22 yards. Kay didn't earn the starting job until the tail end of the season last year. Brendon threw just 5 passes before starting against Temple on November 11. He was 87-138, 1,298 yards, 10 TDs against 2 INTs for the year. He also ran for 306 yards and 2 scores. His best game of the season came in the finale against Duke. He completed 17 of 25 for 332 yards, his only 300 yard game of the season and 4 TDs. Kay also rushed for a season high 76 yards. Both of his INTs came in the only game UC lost with Kay under center, that being the game against Rutgers. Brendon is batting shoulder soreness and a push from Munchie Legaux. He's still expected to start the season. He's probably going to be awesome. One major concern about Kay is is health. He was redshirted in 2010. He was injured a large part of the 2011 season. People talked about his talent, but he couldn't stay on the field. He's got a chance this year to do big things. #4 - Munchie Legaux Munchie Legaux has started 11 games his college career. The senior from New Orleans has an 8-3 record as the starter. After not even playing QB in 2010, he was a receiver with 1 catch for 18 yards, Legaux was moved back to QB in 2011. He scored his first career TD in week 1 of that season with a rushing score against Austin Peay. He saw action the next week against Akron and then nothing until Zach Collaros went down against West Virginia. Legaux got off to a horrible start against Rutgers, 12-31, 1 INT, but he finished 2011 with 386 yards, 5 TDs and 2 INTs in the final two games as UC won a share of the Big East. Munchie was the starter last season. He started the year with a 14-28, 205 yard, 2 TD performance against Pitt. He ran for 117 yards, his only 100 yard rushing game. He completed a career best 74.1% of his passes against Fordham on 20-27 passing. Munchie didn't have the best accuracy against Virginia Tech, 19-42, but he made huge plays with a career best 376 yards and 3 TDs,1 INT, to lead Cincinnati on a dramatic comeback win with a bomb pass to Damon Julian. Munchie was ok against Miami and Fordham, throwing for 2 TDs and rushing for 1 in both, but the wheels started coming off against Toledo. Cincinnati was upset by the Rockets. Munchie was 15-36, 227 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 66 yards rushing, 1 TD. Legaux went 13-28, 157 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs, 1 rush TD, in an OT loss at Louisville. The loss wasn't squarely on his shoulders, but comments that he was better than Teddy Bridgewater didn't help things. After going 11-22 against Syracuse with an INT, Legaux was benched and didn't play the rest of the season. For his career, Munchie is 175-346, 50.6%, 2,465 yards, 18 TDs and 13 INTs. He has 520 rushing yards with 6 TDs. He's made 1 catch for 18 yards. Word throughout camp is that he's been working hard to win the job back. That's all you can ask for. I'd like to see Munchie play well if he gets into action this year, because of course i would. He's a Bearcat and I'm rooting for him. #10 - Bennie Coney Bennie Coney is a redshirt freshman from Plant City, Florida. He was a 4 star recruit in 2012 by 247 and a 3 star by rivals. Rivals had him as the 13th best dual threat QB in the nation. Many people want to see Coney be named the backup to Kay or Legaux. I don't blame them. Whoever loses the QB battle will be gone. Coney will be in the mix to start next season. He should be getting reps now. Coney had his most notoriety last season from being #10. When stupid announcers looked only at the roster and not on the field, they called Jordan Luallen "Bennie Coney." That was despite the fact Coney might not have even traveled to that game. And the fact Coney is not white and Luallen is. Bennie Coney photo via #2 - Michael Colosmio Michael is a junior form Fort Mitchell. He is 6'3, 216 pounds. That's all his bio says about him. What I know about Michael is that he is on twitter and that there are roughly 4,503 Colosmio's on twitter. The most action Michael will probably see on the field is this: Posing over the lifeless body of his brother because that's what older brothers do. Photo via Nick Colosimo, shout out. #8 - Gunner Kiel Why is Gunner Kiel listed last? Because we know for sure that Gunner Kiel will not play this season because he has to sit out per NCAA rules. In case you haven't heard of Kiel, he's a transfer from Notre Dame. He will have 3 years of eligibility as a Bearcat. Kiel was rated the #1 QB in the nation in 2011. He's had a rough time finding the right school for him. He committed to Indiana, then LSU, was at ND for a year and is now a Bearcat. There really isn't much to say about him this year. Next year though, next year will be a different story.   Punters #24 - John Lloyd Lloyd will probably punt. We know he's stood on the field before because that is a picture of him. Lloyd is from Cincinnati. He went to Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, where he was all-city according to the Enquirer. He led Ohio with a 44 yard average one year. That was a couple years ago. Cincinnati had punter on lock down with Pat O'Donnell before he transferred to Miami. Fun fact, Lloyd's birthday is September 13, the same day as Boy Meets World star Ben Savage. Lloyd photo via #58 - Sam Geraci Sam Geraci is a freshman punter from Cincinnati. He went to Moeller. Geraci was the GCL kicker of the year. He has been challenging for the punting job. If Lloyd can't lock it down or struggles, Geraci has a chance. He was originally commited to go to Air Force. He obviously did not do that. Apparently no one has ever taken a photo of him. He's the 3rd from the left here: and Max Preps got their logo all over him here: Photos via and Max preps Kickers #14 - Tony Miliano The Golden Toe Tony Miliano needs no introduction. He's a junior from North Bend. He went to Elder. This offseason has seen Miliano named to the Groza award watch list, Phil Steele's first team all-AAC, and I called him the second best kicker of the 2000s, the highest honor. Tony went 17-25 on field goals, 47-50 on extra points as a freshman before getting better and going 17-22 and 51-53 on extra points last season. He's scored exactly 200 points as a Bearcat. Miliano has also made a tackle just to be cool. Miliano has made 7 extra points four times in his career. He made a career best 4 field goals as a freshman in Cincinnati's win over Pittsburgh. I'm pretty sure he was the special teams player of the week as well. He's gone 3-3 twice, including against Toledo last season. Miliano hit 7 of his last 8 field goals last season and 11 of his last 13. Because I always say it, Tony Miliano is the leading scorer on and off the field. Fun fact, he's also the only Bearcat I've ever shouted out as my lil' brother. Wait, being told that's neither fun nor a fact. #55 - Andrew Gantz Andrew is a freshman from Centerville. He came to Cincinnati in June making some waves. He was set to be a preferred walk on at Tennessee, then decided to come to Cincinnati instead. He's a preferred walk on at UC as well. He was ranked the #7 kicker of this class by 247 and was a 3 star prospect. He seems like a nice guy. I ran out of things to say about kickers. Photo via
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