A year ago, the Cincinnati Bearcats were overachievers with a successful Butch Jones at the helm, but Jones left the Bearcats in December to become the new leader of the Tennessee Volunteers. Now, insert new head coach Tommy Tuberville and look at a Bearcat squad that completely blew out Purdue last week.
Munchie Legaux and Brendon Kay split time at the quarterback position for Cincinnati last season. However, it was Legaux who got the start for the Bearcats last Saturday against Purdue.
Legaux showed how explosive he can be with both his arm and his legs. He threw for 145 yards and a touchdown and also ran for 55 yards and a touchdown as well. The only bad marks on his stat line were the two interceptions that he threw in the game.
When it comes to his receivers, Munchie Legaux knows how to “spread the wealth.” The Bearcats had twelve receivers involved against Purdue and Legaux’s top target was wide receiver Max Morrison. Morrison had the most receptions (3) among any Cincinnati receiver on Saturday and was tied for the most reception yards (58).
Along with Morrison, the Illinois defense will have to look out for Chris Moore, Jeremy Graves, and Blake Annen. If Illini fans thought SIU torched Illinois over the middle, the Bearcats will do a lot worse.
Now, everyone knows that Munchie Legaux can run with the rock, but he isn’t the only player Illinois will need to worry about when it comes to Cincinnati’s run game. They will also need to watch out for running backs Hosey Williams and Ralph Abernathy.
In their 42-7 win over Purdue in week one, Williams and Abernathy both touched the ball a total of 15 times each. Together, they were able to amass 122 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Illinois didn’t have to worry much about the SIU run game, but that was mostly because they were able to jump out to a big lead on Saturday. If that is not the case this week against the Bearcats, the Fighting Illini defense will need to be ready to stop the run because Cincinnati has three weapons to choose from when it comes to their run game.
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