The Bearcats are looking to respond after losing to Illinois 45-17 last week in Champaign. Junior offensive-lineman Eric Lefeld knows that last weeks lost to Illinois was tough, especially losing Munchie Legaux in the fourth quarter to a season ending leg injury.
"It was tragic to lose Munchie," said Lefeld after practice. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his recovery. You know we have to get back to the grind this week and the best thing is to put last weeks loss behind us."
With the loss to Legaux, the Bearcats will turn to six-year senior Brendon Kay as commander-in-chief of the offense. Kay was able to finish last season with a 4-1 record, including the Belk Bowl victory over Duke where he tossed for 332 yards and 4 touchdowns.
That is the unique thing about the quarterback situation in Cincinnati. Both Legaux and Kay have a great understanding of the offense and both have been proven winners. The offense, including Lefeld, are confident that they will be able to play well moving forward.
"I know us as an offensive unit were fully confident in Legaux and Kay going into the season," said Lefeld. "Kay has been around he for six years, so I'm more than confident in what BK (Kay) can do for us."
The Bearcat offense showed signs of life last week but they are looking to improve and have more consistency this Saturday. The offensive-line will definitely look to clean up some things as the loss last week did not sit well with Lefeld and his teammates.
"We have to move the ball on the ground. That's was our biggest fault last week and we are all taking it personally," said Lefeld. "We've got to be able to run the ball and run it effectively."
With a long road ahead, Lefeld and the rest of his Bearcat teammates will look to rebound with a win Saturday against Northwestern State and get this season back on track.