It's one of the most gruesome injuries in the history of Bearcat football. And one of the most difficult days in the life of quarterback Munchie Legaux.
On Sept. 7, 2013, Legaux injured his leg as he delivered an incomplete third-down pass in the fourth quarter of a lopsided loss to the University of Illinois. An Illini defensive lineman hit the rail-thin QB below his knees as he released the ball, causing his leg to contort in a nightmarish manner.
The season-ending injury was one that some feared would sideline the New Orleans native for good.
Legaux refused to let things play out like that. He did his rehab, he worked out for the last 12 months and he made sure to stay mentally ready to compete with his team this fall.
The NCAA also did its part by granting Legaux an extra year of eligibility.
Still, nothing is going to be handed to the 6-foot-5 senior, even though he has the most experience on the roster.
Legaux has thrown for 2,847 yards and 20 touchdowns and run for 627 yards and seven scores in 31 games for the Bearcats. But he’s competing with two top arms for playing time – Notre Dame transfer Gunner Kiel and junior college transfer Jarred Evans.
As of Sunday, however, UC coach Tommy Tuberville hasn’t decided on a starter for his team’s season-opening game against Toledo at Paul Brown Stadium.
However, regardless if he starts or even gets on the field Sept. 12, Legaux is leading his team into the 2014 campaign just by being in uniform.
Legaux sat down for an interview with WCPO photographer Mark Slaughter. He discusses overcoming his injury, his expectations for the upcoming season and what the future holds for him. The video is in the media player above.