Bearcat of the Week: Brendan Kay

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The 2012 version of Cincinnati’s offense isn’t built around the quarterback; it’s the running game led by George Winn. And he’s done an outstanding job this season hoisting the team on his back and powering them to a number of wins this year.

But now it seems the Bearcats have finally found a passing game under the direction of fifth-year senior Brendon Kay. He was outstanding yesterday completing 62% of his passes for 244 yards, two touchdowns, and most importantly zero interceptions. Kay hardly made a mistake against the Owls is which was a far cry from his predecessor. Cincinnati continued to lean on the running game, as evidenced in the 40 rushing attempts against Temple, but Kay kept them honest with his arm. And he torched the Owls too, going deep to Kenbrell Thompkins for a 75-yard touchdown and Chris Moore for a 65-yarder to stamp out Temple’s surge late in the game. Kay’s performance yesterday was a warning to the rest of the Big East that Cincinnati now has a vertical passing attack to go along with a punishing rushing game and suffocating defense. With the conference title essentially a three horse race (Cincinnati, Louisville, Rutgers) the Bearcats finally have the missing piece to help them bring home another championship.

The next month should be really exciting to say the least.