Last Look Back Offense: Syracuse

BearcatInsider.com takes a look at UC's offensive performance against Syracuse.

Quarterback

At this point, talking about the struggles of Munchie Legaux is like beating a dead horse, there's no use. He did not look good against Syracuse and was pulled in favor of Brendon Kay in the second half. Legaux finished the game throwing for 124 yards on 11 of 22 passing with one interception. To Legaux's luck, he had two more would-be interceptions fall right through Syracuse defender's hands. He missed throws and made poor decisions trying to fit passes into tight spaces. Overall, it was a struggle and one that called for Kay to come in and provide a spark. The senior from Michigan did just that. Kay finished with 32 yards passing on three for three completions, including a touchdown pass to senior tight end Travis Kelce. More importantly, Kay looked comfortable running the offense, executing plays and not trying to do too much. We won't know who will be the starter against Temple, but if last Saturday was any indication, I expect Brendon Kay to be the Bearcats starter come game time.

BearcatInsider grade: B-

Running Backs

George Winn is a beast, an absolute beast. Against Syracuse, the senior compiled career highs in carries, 30, rushing yards, 165, and touchdowns, three. He was, without question, the most dominant player on the field the entire game. He hit every hole with a burst of power and speed and made the most of each carry. It may have taken a few games, but this Cincinnati offense has now made George Winn the focal point of their attack. It's a well-deserved honor. Winn's backfield teammate, Ralph Abernathy IV, had a solid game as well, finishing with 51 total yards on six carries and four receptions. If this Cincinnati offense is to be successful going forward, they have to make sure Winn and Abernathy are given every chance take over games. Against the Orangemen last Saturday, those two did just that.

BearcatInsider grade: A+

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

The depth of this group has been the story all season. On Saturday, it was Travis Kelce's turn to take over and lead this unit. The senior tight end finished with 77 receiving yards on four catches and two touchdowns. This UC offense isn't conditioned to produce receivers who catch 90 to 100 passes a year, so it's important that the receivers make the most out of their chances, and Kelce did just that on Saturday. Junior Anthony McClung led the team in receptions with five, and finished with 75 receiving yards, both season highs. This group continues to surprise us on a week to week basis, as long as they are catching the balls thrown their way, it should not be a problem.

BearcatInsider grade: B-

Offensive Line

This unit paved the way for another huge rushing day from the Cincinnati offense. Following the offensive line's lead, the Bearcats finished with 263 yards rushing, and allowed only one sack. With players like Dan Sprague and Austen Bujnoch leading the way, the big fellas up front continue to open holes for their talented teammates in the backfield. The bigger question going forward involves who will be lining up under center. With Legaux, the offensive line has the luxury of knowing if they are beaten, he has the athletic ability to evade most pass rushers. In Brendon Kay, his athleticism isn't as explosive as Legaux's, so they must lock in and focus on their pass blocking. Either way, this unit has done a great job in both pass blocking and run blocking all season long.

BearcatInsider grade: B+


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