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August 23, 2011
Search for Backup QB still unsettled
The mad dashing of sophomore Munchie Legaux befuddles defenders daily at Higher Ground. Have his rushes impressed UC coaches enough to vault Legaux to #2 on the depth chart.
"That may go all the way til Thursday," said Coach Jones. "I am encouraged by the progress Munchie is making. The game is starting to slow down for him. He really hasn't played much quarterback since camp last year after playing receiver. Jordan (Luallen) is progressing as well. It is still too early. These individuals need many more reps."
Luallen prepped just south of Indianapolis at Center Grove High School, began college in Atlanta (Georgia Tech) and transferred back to the Midwest last summer.
Like Legaux Luallen can scramble somewhat. His speed pales in comparison but Jordan has a nice change of direction.
A compilation of full team scrimmage results shows Munchie's failure to connect passes.
Check a few of his mid-August performances. He started 2-11, continued 5-10, and faltered with 2-10. A completion percentage of 29% won't get it done.
This week began with a few serviceable showings though.
"He has put together a couple of good days back-to-back. Now it is who is the person who has command of the offense, who is in control and can execute the best and take care of the football."
Spectacular runs of 30+ yards caused a stir. Rightfully so. Defenses typically do a terrible job of accounting for scrambling quarterbacks.
There just are not linebackers in the BIG EAST who are fast enough to chase down Legaux. The tall speedster gallops with an uncommon elegance.
As fall camp opened Brendon Kay opened Coach Jones' eyes a touch. Unfortunately his progress has been stunted by an injury.
"He was making great progress, but the soreness in his arm really set him back," said Coach Jones. "He is out for probably another 4-6 days so that has really put him behind. We will continue to develop all three of them along with the two freshmen."
Patrick Coyne and Stephen Weatherford spend much of their days with the scout team. Coyne's arm strength challenged starting cornerback Dominique Battle today. Weatherford can also launch the ball. Aside from his obviously thin body Weatherford must improve his touch on short routes.
"They are continuing to progress," said Coach Jones. "I am very encouraged. They got some great reps in the scrimmage the other day. It is just everything is coming at them so fast. They are continuing to be a work in progress though."