Cincinnati QB Kay Granted Sixth Year of Eligibility
Kay, a senior, replaced Munchie Legaux under center with four games left in the regular season. The Bearcats went 3-1 and earned a spot in the Belk Bowl, and the offense showed a lot more balance while turning the ball over just three times.
He can also add a Big East title to his resume.
"I'm excited," Kay said. "I can't thank Maggie McKinley and Bob Mangine enough for their efforts in helping me through this process. This University has given me so much and I'm grateful for the opportunity."
Before taking over late in the season, Kay had started in six games throughout his collegiate career. Plagued by injuries – mostly in 2008 and 2011 – he was never able to find a role with the team.
Expected to start in the Belk Bowl against Duke, Kay has completed 70-of-113 (61.9 percent) of his passes for 966 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions in 2012.
His 147.7 passer rating would be good for third in the Big East behind Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and Pittsburgh’s Tino Sunseri, had he been eligible (to qualify, a player must have at least 14 attempts per team’s games played).
New coach Tommy Tuberville has to be excited about this great news, as he now has a proven passer for his first season in Cincinnati, and a chance to bring home a fifth conference championship in six years – pending any sudden realignment.
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