No. 21 Cincinnati wants improvement from QB Legaux

Associated Press Modified: October 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm •  Published: October 12, 2012
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Expect to see Legaux airing it out against Fordham, a late addition to the schedule. The Bearcats needed another game after TCU backed out of the Big East realignment, and the Rams, of the FCS, were available. It'll be the first time they've played.

The Bearcats are trying to get Legaux out of some bad habits before they get back into Big East play. He sometimes drops his elbow when he throws, releasing the ball head-high. As a result, his passes tend to be flat, hurting his accuracy. He'll also step into his throws too much, making them sail.

It's tough to change a quarterback's throwing motion in the middle of a season.

"You can change it a lot," Legaux said. "It's just repeating it over and over. It's just becoming second-nature to you. You've got to work on those types of situations in practice so they come easy to you during the game. So this week I have to do a better job of doing the little small, mechanical things."

Legaux also got a lesson in coping with national attention last week after his winning touchdown pass against Virginia Tech. It's the first time he's had to juggle a lot of interview demands with everything else during a week leading up to a game.

"You talk the maturation of a football team, the maturation of a quarterback — it's understanding the scrutiny," Jones said. "Last week he was under much scrutiny. He was having all different interviews. He was being loved up around the country.

"Well, that's part of the scrutiny. Praise and blame, it's all the same. Understanding how you manage those expectations, how you manage that, but also the way you work."

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AP freelance writer Paul Dehner contributed to this report.

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