Part One: One-on-One Darin Hinshaw

From record-setting quarterback to one of the hottest quarterback coaches in the country, Darin Hinshaw will look to help the Bearcats offense post record setting numbers this fall. Bearcat Insider sat down with Hinshaw to discuss the upcoming season, his philosophy as a coach and more.

This fall will find former Central Florida quarterback standout Darin Hinshaw working with two quarterbacks capable of running the Bearcats changed offensive attack.

While some may wonder the direction the Bearcats new quarterback coach will take, one only has to look at his past to see he's been in this position before helping two signal callers at Tennessee in 2010 to a bowl game and third-place finish in the SEC's Eastern Division.

"We have two seniors in Brendon Kay and Munchie Legaux and both of them are competing for the starting job right now," stressed Hinshaw. "We won't announce a starter until after camp is over. But both have had success here and have done well. So I'm looking forward to watching them both compete.

"We also have Bennie Coney, a red-shirt freshman who is the third guy and that is basically it. We also have Gunner Kiel who is also a red-shirt freshman who will sit out this year and then have three years to play after this year."

After agreeing to take a position on Tommy Tuberville's staff, Hinshaw received some great news about the players he would be coaching in 2013.

"When we got here in December we were actually watching bowl practice," recalled Hinshaw. "They announced that Brendon was getting another year and that was great. So it was awesome when we got the news."

While many have already penciled Kay as the starter, Hinshaw feels he's got two solid options.

"They both need to be able to function in our base offense," he said. "Munchie can run pretty darn good, but he can throw also. Then Kay is your typical, I believe NFL quarterback who can run also and we will run him some.

"But the main thing since I've been here is to get him (Kay) to use his protection and get the ball to his playmakers, and the same thing for Munchie as well. But they both have really good attributes and have worked on their motions and in being a long term quarterback coach; the first thing I said when we came in was, how can we get better? They are both excited about the season and both are going to end up playing."

While Coney may not be a factor in many minds, Hinshaw have been around long enough to know he must be ready to go.

"Bennie red-shirted last year and he's really had a good attitude," said Hinshaw. "We're going to continue to develop him and he'll get reps in practice and we're going to get him ready to play also. "So we'll have three guys ready to go play and go execute the offense in case something happens. Bennie was competing really hard in the spring, to be the guy. So I like that about him and he needs to continue that same attitude and get ready for his opportunities for when they come to be ready to play."

While new transfer Gunner Kiel is not eligible to take the field this fall, he'll also be pushed by Hinshaw so he's ready to compete in the spring for the open starting spot.

"The number one thing for Gunner is to learn and master the offense and know it like the back of your hand," said Hinshaw about the former Notre Dame quarterback. "He'll be in all the meetings and everything to get ready to compete this spring. He will get opportunities to compete because we're going to develop him because next year we'll only have two quarterbacks that will be here on scholarship.

"So we've got to sign a third as it's a situation where we're going to get him ready to play and compete in the spring, but he's also got to be ready to help this year's team as he's going to have to go over to scout team and do some things to make our defense get better.

"That is going to be his role and I'm going to be with him a lot just like I am with all the quarterbacks. So, we will keep him focused because sometimes you get a little down because you can't play this year. But I think this is a big learning year for him to be able to go take mental reps every time he's not in, especially in game situations and that will help him master this offense."

Be sure to catch Part Two of our conversation with Coach Hinshaw.

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