CINCINNATI (AP) — Munchie Legaux expects to get the question again this week: Will he be starting at quarterback for Cincinnati, or is incumbent Brendon Kay getting back the job?
He'll give the same response he did last week: a shrug.
"Some teammates were asking me and Kay who is starting," Legaux said on Tuesday. "We don't know who will be the starter this coming week. I'm pretty sure guys are going to ask us who's starting. I'll say the same thing: I don't know."
Even though the Bearcats won their opener 42-7 over Purdue on Saturday with Legaux as the starter, coach Tommy Tuberville is keeping the job open to competition heading into a game Saturday at Illinois (1-0). Whoever has the best week in practice will get the start and the bulk of the playing time.
"This will be a big week for both quarterbacks, seeing how they improve," Tuberville said. "We made mistakes. We made enough mistakes that it could have cost us if it had been a closer game. So we've got to cut back on those mistakes."
Legaux lost the starting job to Kay midway through last season. Kay was in line to start this season until he developed a sore passing shoulder during camp, forcing him to miss a lot of practice time. Tuberville decided to go with Legaux in the opener because he'd run the new offense a lot more than Kay.
Legaux threw for a touchdown and ran for another in the opener. The senior was much smoother on his throws and avoided forcing the ball into coverage for the most part. He had one pass intercepted in the end zone when he threw to a covered receiver.
Overall, Legaux was 13 of 20 for 145 yards with a pair of interceptions. He also ran six times for 55 yards.
"I felt pretty confident out there," Legaux said on Tuesday. "I was just relaxed. I didn't put too much pressure on myself to go out there and play a great game."