NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Less than a year after a gruesome knee injury made Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux face the possibility of never playing football again, he's talking about starting the first game of the season for the Bearcats.
Legaux is overly optimistic, but who could blame him?
Considering how far he has come since tearing two ligaments and cartilage in his left knee when he took a low, twisting hit during the second game of last season against Illinois, his positive attitude is understandable.
"Right now in my recovery I'm about 85, 90 percent, in that range," Legaux said Tuesday during American Athletic Conference media day. "I'm not cleared to play yet, but I can do things with the team, full activities with the team.
"As far as just coming back, my expectation is to be out there the first game, starting quarterback, leading the team and being Munchie. Making those plays, making those throws. Helping my team the way that I can, being the leader, the overall leader, the quarterback of the team."
The senior from New Orleans with the memorable name and exciting game has not yet been cleared to play, but he can drop back and throw. He's not running as fast and able to change direction as quickly as did before the injury, but it's coming.
His approach is: "Let's see where this can go."
"That's where we're at right now," he said. "Let's see if we can go out there and participate in the full team activities. Let's see if we can drop back and throw a ball. Let's see if we can make a read and run. We just taking it day by day right now."
Coach Tommy Tuberville has more realistic expectations for Legaux, but even those have changed since the NCAA granted the quarterback an extra season of eligibility.
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