Ranking the Bearcats QBs since 2008
We’ve talked about the schedule and our season predictions. We’ve talked about 5 things to look for this season as well. In anticipation of the season now we’re going take a look back over the past 10 years and power rank Bearcats quarterbacks. It’s the only thing to do while we wait for 7pm on Saturday to roll around.
Since 2008 the Bearcats have had some ups and downs at the QB1. This list takes a look at the major players and ranks them accordingly.
7. Michael Colosimo
#16 in the programs showed up on the stat sheets in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He didn’t see much time under center throughout his career so why is he on the list? He’s the last Bearcats QB to throw a TD pass in a bowl game. Take that in for a second. First, realize that the Bearcats made a bowl appearance a year after he graduated. A game in which they got ran off the field against San Diego St 42-7 in the Hawaii Bowl, the single Bearcats TD came from a Mike Boone rush. So back up a year earlier in 2014 to the Military Bowl against Virginia Tech a game the Bearcats lost 33-17. An injured Gunner Kiel goes down and in steps Colosimo in a “next man up” fashion.
6. Hayden Moore
You’ll find Moore on the depth chart as QB1 again this year. First year coach Luke Fickell named Moore the starter last year and never looked back. That isn’t going to change in year two. Bearcats fans aren’t always thrilled with his performance on the field. He’s inaccurate at times and has been ok at best. Moore has thrown 40 TDs to 27 INTs as a Bearcat averaging 221 passing yards a season. He’s rushed for just 379 yards in his career. It’s been hard to swallow those pedestrian numbers when his debut looked like this…
5. Brendon Kay
You’ll find Kay on the roster from 2008 to 2012. Kay was the main QB in 2012 during the Butch Jones Error. See what I did there? In ’12 Kay threw 10 TDs to 2 INTs. He threw for 1300 yards that year and rushed for 306 yds. His biggest game came against Duke at the Belk Bowl. He threw for 332 yds and 4 TDs.
4. Munchie Legaux
Legaux played for the Bearcats from 2010 to 2014. His career in Clifton was filled with adversity to say the least. He battled coaching changes and even worse a broken leg. Legaux had his biggest impact in 2012 when he threw for 1716 yards with 13 TDs and a less than stellar 9 INTs. His biggest moment came at PBS against Virginia Tech. The Bearcats won it on this TD pass.
3. Zach Collaros
In a season that would soon become the best in school history the little known Collaros was asked to step in for an injured Tony Pike for an undefeated team marching to the its second BCS bowl. He didn’t miss a beat. His career numbers are impressive. He passed for 6278 career yards and 51 TDs and 26 INTs. When Pike went down Bearcats Nation held its collective breath until…
2. Gunner Kiel
The greatest thing that could have been but never really was. When Kiel announced he was transferring to Cincinnati I was ready to name him the Cincinnati Savior. Then he hit the field against Akron and the world was on notice he was the Truth. Tommy T had his 5 star QB and Bearcats football was back. Then Tommy T phoned it in and Kiel got hurt a couple of times and it never truly materialized. Kiel torched OSU in the Shoe. It was amazing to witness live, unfortunately our D couldn’t get off the field that Saturday. Numerous times I thought Miami (OH) and Memphis got in cheap shots against Kiel that led to small injuries or time on the sideline. I hate them both. Kiel passed for 6835 passing yards. DAMN. He threw 56 TDs and 26 INTs. He finished with a career QBR of 145.5.
- Tony Pike
The man is a legend in Bearcats football history. He was QB1 in the 2009 undefeated regular season. He played in a cast on his non throwing hand, like a man should. He was Heisman candidate and a Carolina Panther. He threw for a career 5018 yards, 49 TDs/20 INTs. He completed about 62% of his passes and played in a tougher Big East Conference. #GOAT
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