Forget going back to spring football or even the early days of summer training camp. It goes back to January, to winter workouts and jogs through the snow and the Cincinnati Bearcats officially saying goodbye to a senior class that was as good as just about any the program had ever had.
Munchie Legaux knew he was going to have every chance to win the starting quarterback job, and Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones knew he needed a quarterback to lead.
"Alpha male," Legaux said. "That's what he kept telling me -- continue to grow, improve, but step up as a leader. He wanted me to know that I wasn't going to help the team by being that guy in the background.
"Now is my time to lead. He kept saying, 'Alpha male, alpha male, be vocal, be a leader.' I learned from playing (last November) that there's no sense in waiting or thinking your turn isn't coming. I learned I had to seize the moment and that leadership is a skill."
The process continues. The first big moment -- the one Leguaux and...