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Montell Cozart | Quarterback

Team: Kansas Jayhawks
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 170

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Kansas HC David Beaty indicated that the team's quarterback competition will not be settled until after August camp has commenced.
Montell Cozart and Ryan Willis will compete for the starting job once preseason work proper gets underway. Willis permanently took over for Cozart midway through the 2015 campaign after the latter suffered a season-crumpling shoulder injury. Willis finished the season having compiled 1,719 passing yards (52.1% completions) with an 8/10 TD/INT ratio. This competition will sort itself out over the next month or so, but for what it is worth, Beaty said that Cozart had a "phenomenal" showing this spring. Jul 20 - 2:59 PM

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Kansas redshirt junior QB Montell Cozart was granted a hardship waiver.

What that means is he has two years of eligibility remaining. Kansas' starting QB in three of the first four games of 2015 (66-of-105 for 752 yards with two touchdowns), Cozart suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against Iowa State. Cozart was Wally Pipp'd by Ryan Willis, so the guess here is that he'll settle in as the backup QB who can be used in sub-packages.
Apr 21 - 8:57 PM

Kansas junior QB Montell Cozart is out indefinitely due to a shoulder strain and will miss Saturday's contest with Baylor.

Cozart was forced out of Saturday's game against Iowa State due to what's being deemed a left shoulder sprain. This, on top of a thumb injury to backup QB Deondre Ford, has freshman QB Ryan Willis now in-line to start against Baylor this coming weekend. Prior to the shoulder issue, the 6-foot-2, 170-pound Cozart had thrown for 752 yards with a 2/1 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 113 yards and a touchdown across four games.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 04:02:00 PM

Kansas junior QB Montell Cozart completed 25-of-38 passes for 291 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 41-38 loss to South Dakota State.

Cozart also rushed for 95 yards. He isn't a draft prospect, but DFS players will want to keep Cozart in mind as a sneaky punt-QB option later this season in shallower pools if he finds himself in a good matchup. That's because Kansas, which will be playing from behind all season long, has introduced a pass-happy spread attack. The dual-threat Cozart suffered a minor injury in the second quarter but was fine after halftime.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 06:15:00 PM

Kansas HC David Beaty has named junior QB Montell Cozart the team's starting quarterback for the 2015 season.

JUCO transfer Deondre Ford pushed Cozart in camp, but the Jayhawks ultimately returned to Cozart to lead the charge this season. The 6-foot-2, 193-pound quarterback started five games a year ago, completing 64-of-128 passes for 701 yards with a 5/7 TD/INT ratio. He also brings a dimension on the ground, though his 52 rushes amounted to just 63 yards in 2014.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 03:20:00 PM

According to Kansas HC David Beaty, the team is 'not there yet' on deciding whether junior QB Montell Cozart will take the reigns as a starter this season.

"We're just not [ready]," said Beaty of a possible decision. Cozart's main competition looks like it's JUCO transfer Deondre Ford, at least in the eyes of Lawrence Journal-World's Matt Tait, who covers the team. For his part, Cozart started five games last season and completed 64-of-128 passes (50% on the nose) while throwing five touchdowns against seven interceptions.
Tue, Aug 18, 2015 03:14:00 PM

Kansas QBs Michael Cummings and Montell Cozart are competing for the starting job.

Cummings (a senior) replaced Cozart (junior) as starter in Week 6 last year. "You'll have to ask coach (David) Beaty that," Cummings said when asked about the competition. "But I'm focusing on one thing a day, trying to get better at one thing every day. Little things add up to the big picture." Beaty and offensive coordinator Rob Likens also figure to allow freshmen Carter Stanley and Ryan Willis in on the race. "I only have one child, so I wouldn't know this," Likens said. "But I hear you could have two kids, you love 'em both the same but they're completely different, their attitudes and all that stuff. At the quarterback position, the No. 1 thing at the end of the day is did you manage the game well?"
Wed, May 13, 2015 10:01:00 PM

Kansas coach Charlie Weis named sophomore Montell Cozart starting QB.

The mighty sure have fallen, as former No. 1 QB recruit Jake Heaps will spend his senior year holding a clipboard. Cozart sealed the deal in the spring game, completing six of 10 passes for 58 yards, adding 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground. It's been three years since one of the top two QBs on KU's depth chart completed more than half their passes. The pressure won't be on Cozart, in other words.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 01:29:00 AM

Kansas coach Charlie Weis said true freshman QB Montell Cozart will see increased playing time going forward.

Cozart made his career debut this past weekend against Oklahoma -- rushing three times for eight yards and not attempting a pass -- and will see the field against Baylor on Saturday. "You can't say, 'Well, let's go play him for nine snaps against Oklahoma,' and then sit him," Weis said Monday. "As we go forward, he'll definitely be in our thoughts. You'll definitely see him show up in the [Baylor] game." The news appears ominous for starter Jake Heaps, but the former top BYU recruit took Weis' announcement in stride. "At the end of the day, I'm in it to win," Heaps said. "Whatever we gotta do to win. I'm not too concerned about everything else."
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 09:29:00 PM