Let's see if any of this sounds familiar.
It's late in the season. The UC football team loses its starting quarterback to injury and has to turn to an inexperienced backup before a key game with major bowl implications. Sure enough, the second-stringer not only comes through in that game, but in the weeks to come.
You know who I'm talking about right?
No, not Zach Collaros...or Tony Pike...or Dustin Grutza...or Chazz Anderson.
Does the name Nick Davila ring a bell?
If any fan base in college football should realize that losing your starting quarterback doesn't necessarily spell doom, it is Cincinnati Bearcat fans.
This is the sixth consecutive year that
Here's how the team has done:
2006: Dustin Grutza is unable to start the next-to-last game of the regular season and Davila throws for 277 yards as the Bearcats stun previously unbeaten and 7th-ranked
2007: Ben Mauk misses two starts due to shoulder woes and Grutza leads the Bearcats to wins over
2008: Grutza breaks his leg in week two at Oklahoma, and Tony Pike is the starter in wins over Miami and Akron before breaking his arm against the Zips (with Zach Collaros coming off the bench to lead the team to a game-winning field goal). Chazz Anderson then gets the call and leads the 'Cats to wins over
2009: Pike is being mentioned as a Heisman candidate before breaking his forearm at USF. No big deal. Collaros rushes for a career-high 132 yards to led the 'Cats to a win in that game, before starting in victories over
2010: Collaros misses the
By my count, over the last five years when forced to start a backup quarterback (I am not including Davila in the International Bowl, or Pike in the second half of 2008 because Grutza available in both cases), the UC Bearcats are 11-1.
The 20-year-old from
"He actually provided the spark," said head coach Butch Jones. "He provided the big plays and got us into a rhythm offensively. The way we practice, our number two quarterback gets the same amount of reps as our number one quarterback. So he's had the repetitions and as we know, repetition is the mother of all learning. So he's had that - now it's a matter of being able to do it at game speed."
He faces a serious challenge this week since
"The big thing for Munchie is to be able to practice this week at game speed and make quick decisions with the football," said Coach Jones. "As the backup quarterback you're always one snap away, but sometimes, you're sitting there and it's very difficult to prepare during the week because every week you're preparing but your time doesn't come. Now all of the sudden you're forced into it and I thought he did a great job (against WVU). That just builds that confidence that our team has in Munchie."
On Saturday, it will be exactly five years and one day since Davila came off the bench to lead the Bearcats past the Scarlet Knights. Can Legaux do the same?
As investment advisors always point out, past performance does not necessarily predict future results.
But it's nice to know it can be done isn't it?
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