Power Ranking Bearcats Quarterbacks

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.

  1. 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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GO BEARCATS!

**Shout out to Nick Colosimo and others for their awesome work on You Tube and digital media in general. **

Butch Jones was a Turd of a Coach

Butch Jones was a Fraud


Yesterday Barstool Cincinnati tweeted

We replied

Today we’d like to elaborate.

If you were around for the BK era of Bearcats football you really know what the glory days were like for the program. Conference titles back to back years, the first trip to a BCS bowl game, an undefeated regular season, and a second BCS bowl trip in as many years. We also saw the greatest college football game ever played when UC beat Pitt in 2009. WE WERE 3 INCHES FROM PLAYING FOR A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!

That all came to an abrupt halt when UC decided to try their luck again with a coach out of Central Michigan, Butch Jones.

It’s so much different from today. The program wasn’t going to get excited over a 6-6 record and possibly going to a 3rd rate bowl game.People might look back at his time here and think that he carried on the glory in comparison of the state of things today, but that isn’t true at all. Just because after one turd we had an old dusty white dog turd named Tommy that finished us off does not mean Jones was a good coach. There’s a reason he’s an intern now.

Jones coached in the Big East, you know the one that wouldn’t exist in a few short years. The league was on its last leg and with the success of the prior 3 years UC should have easily ran to the front of the league each season. That didn’t happen not even once.

In 2010 Jones took over a team that went 12-1 the previous season. A team that only lost 1 game to Tim Tebow in his last collegiate game ever. Yes they lost players, Tony Pike got drafted for instance. I get that but posting a 4-8 record, 2-5 in the conference, the very next season was brutal. We were embarrassed by Fresno State on ESPN2 the very first game that year and things never really got better. The highlights of the season would had to have been beating Miami, OH (yay.) and a horrid Louisville team that year. Sad losses to USF, Syracuse, and UConn are all you need to know about this season.

The Big East had UConn represent the league with their auto BCS bowl bid that season. This fact still blows my mind.

Year 2 (2011)was a little better for Butch, but as they say even a blind squirrel finds a nut on occasion. I’ll say this is Butch’s best coaching year on record, at any school. The team went 9-3 that season with losses to Tennessee, West Virginia, and a real clinker to Rutgers (20-3) in NJ. The team capped off a decent season with an appearance at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, TN and beat  Vanderbilt 31-24. We actually finished 25 in the AP poll. (a far cry from #4 just two short years before) Yet, they couldn’t manage to separate themselves from the rest of the league. The Bearcats finished in a three-way tie for first place along with West Virginia and Louisville.

That’s as good as it ever got.

The next season the Butch and the Bearcats started hot, we thought maybe Butch has really figured this thing out. A thrilling go-ahead tochdown pass by Munchie against Virginia Tech to win the game was easily the highlight of the season. The Bearcats were 5-0 heading up to Toledo to win a buy game with what we all perceived as a lesser in state foe. We lost. Then lost the next week in the battle for the Keg of Nails in Louisville and a again a couple of weeks later to Rutgers in Nippert.

The Big East would finish in almost hilarious fashion with a 4-way tie between Cincinnati, Louisville, Syracuse, and Rutgers.

Butch Jones then proceeded to parade himself around like he was the next Vince Lombardi publicly taking interviews at Colorado, Purdue, among others, before Tennessee decide to settle for him as their 3rd pick to take over the program.

He left before we played in the prodigious Belk Bowl against perennial college football powerhouse Duke.

So did he leave the program in better shape than when he arrived? No. No way did he make anything better in Clifton. Fraud. Fake. Intern. Turd.