It's been a tough road to full time starter for Kay, as he was forced to sit and watch quarterback after quarterback come in and receive playing time, while Kay played the role of backup. It's not an easy being a backup for any position; you put in the same amount of work as the starters every week in practice, but are forced to watch from the sidelines. It's a situation that forces some players to transfer in search of playing time elsewhere. For the few that stay, they have to come to grips with the fact that they will likely never be a full time starter. And in some cases, like Kay, when they do get that chance, they take full advantage.
Kay's development over the past four games has mirrored the unpredictability of the Cincinnati quarterbacks in general. He started off with a great game against Temple, throwing for over 200 yards and two touchdowns. People hopped on the bandwagon quickly. Fast forward one week, when Kay struggled mightily in a loss to Rutgers, and people were ready to put Legaux right back in the game. Suddenly, the bandwagon had gotten much lighter. It was only two games, but the drastic change in performance had some fans convinced Kay wasn't the guy. Then the past two games happened, and Kay morphed into the type of quarterback Cincinnati fans have been dying to see all season. The senior from Michigan managed the games like a season veteran, made all the necessary throws and did not throw an interception, something Legaux had struggled with in his starts. With the way this Cincinnati offense is constructed, the quarterback doesn't need to make all the plays, he just needs to make sure he plays within the game plan and limit mistakes. That's exactly what Kay has done.
It may not have been the desired road for Brendon Kay, few players desire to be long time backups, but it's a testament to the character of Kay that he was able to stick it out through these past five years and continue to be an excellent teammate. And more importantly, it's a testament to the hard work of Kay that he was able to take advantage of the opportunity when it was presented. When you have a player like that running your team, you're never out of a game. And as Kay has shown these past four games, that is exactly the case.