Is it time for Cincinnati to get Legauxing again? It appears that may very well be the case.
Tuesday, Tommy Tuberville all but ruled Gunner Kiel out for Saturday’s game against the Miami Hurricanes. Kiel suffered bruised ribs on the last play of the first half of the loss to Memphis in Week 6.
Kiel didn’t return for the second half in that game, and likely won’t see the field for either half of the upcoming contest.
“I don’t see him playing,” Tuberville said according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He’s not much better than he was. I’m not going to put him out there if he’s not close to 100 percent. If Gunner plays it would be a limited role anyway.”
Kiel, in his first year as the Bearcats’ starter, is currently 13th in the country in passing yards per game (314.3); 13th in yards per completion (15.33); and eighth in passing efficiency (171.2). Kiel leads the AAC in the latter two categories, while he’s second in the former.
With Kiel likely sidelined, Tuberville will return to either former starter Munchie Legaux or junior Jarred Evans.
Legaux suffered a gruesome knee injury in early September last year, with the torn ligaments ultimately resulting in the quarterback missing the remainder of the 2013 season. During his time with the Bearcats, Legaux has started 14 career games, including the first two in 2013 prior to his injury.
In February, the senior was given one more year of eligibility. This season, Legaux is the only other quarterback other than Kiel to attempt a pass (9-18, 57 yards).
Tuberville stated that practice performance this week would determine the starter if Kiel is indeed sidelined.
In other not-so-encouraging injury news, starting running back Hosey Williams will be out for at least a month due to injury. Williams suffered a knee injury in the same game Kiel went down.
Through four games, Williams leads all Bearcat rushers with 140 yards on 26 carries.