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Kansas will stick with redshirt junior QB Montell Cozart as starting quarterback.

Jayhawks HC David Beaty says he'll continue to use the quarterback position as he has the last two weeks. And what he's done the last two weeks is spelling Cozart sporadically with sophomore Ryan Willis, a better pocket passer. The passing game has been the least of the team's problems. In fact, Cozart has completed over 70 percent of his attempts. Willis, meanwhile, went 1-for-5 with an interception against Ohio last week, which didn't exactly make a case for increased playing time.
Sep 13 - 6:39 PM

Kansas redshirt junior QB Montell Cozart completed 18-of-25 passes for 199 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's win over Rhode Island.

Cozart was felled by a season-ending injury to his left shoulder last October. He battled it out with Ryan Willis for starting honors this August. Both quarterbacks played on Saturday, but it was the 6-foot-2, 170-pound Cozart who saw the fair majority of snaps. Two of his three touchdown passes came in the first half and he went on to polish off that portion of his statistical line by tossing a 20-yard score to Tyler Patrick five minutes into the third quarter. Ohio shows next on Kansas' schedule as Cozart and company look to build on HC David Beaty's first Jayhawk win.
Sep 3 - 11:27 PM

Kansas HC David Beaty said that he might not decide on a starter between sophomore QB Ryan Willis and redshirt junior QB Montell Cozart until the season-opener against Rhode Island.

The suspense builds for the Jayhawks. Said Beaty, "We won’t make that decision until we feel good about it. So it could be all the way up to game time. It could be next week. It could be tomorrow. Just depends on when I feel like it’s time to make that decision." Beaty added that he will be in "zero hurry," as he still wants to see how Cozart and Willis perform in different practice scenarios. Willis missed spring practice due to a right wrist injury, but has impressed at times during August camp as he looks to step into his own as a sophomore.
Aug 20 - 6:30 PM

Kansas HC David Beaty said sophomore QB Ryan Willis (wrist) stood out in Friday's practices.

"But it’s one day," Beaty clarified. "We won’t make a decision based on that, so don’t put too much into that. He had one good day. I thought his eyes were good, I thought his reads were good, I thought his footwork was good. He took care of the ball. He can spin it now. They all can spin it. That’s one thing I’m really pleased with. From top to bottom, they can spin it." The 6-foot-4 sophomore threw for 1,719 yards and nine touchdowns last season as a true frosh. Willis is competing with Montell Cozart, the defacto No. 1 this spring due to Willis' wrist injury, for the starting job.
Aug 9 - 5:09 PM

Alabama junior T Charles Baldwin transferred to Kansas.

Alabama dismissed Baldwin -- ESPN's No. 1 JUCO prospect for 2016 -- due to a violation of team rules in May. In speaking with 247Sports, the 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive lineman said, "Kansas is excited for me to come in, and I'm excited to go there. I'm going to learn the playbook and work hard this season and then it will be time to rock and roll next year." In addition to Baldwin, WR teammate Daylon Charlot -- a top-100 Rivals recruit for 2015 -- has also opted to head for a Kansas transfer. Not too shabby a way to end the week for the Jayhawks.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 5 - 4:02 PM

Alabama redshirt freshman WR Daylon Charlot has elected to transfer to Kansas.

The position was just too stacked at Alabama. The once highly touted recruit was looking at an uphill climb for playing time, but potentially could have made an impact as a returner. He will certainly see a much cleaner path to the field after sitting out the 2016 season. While the future Jayhawk caught just two passes for nine yards last season, Kansas is getting a huge talent here. The 6-foot, 193-pounder ranked as Rivals' No. 78 prospect in the 2015 class. After National Signing Day for that cycle, ESPN's Tom Luginbill and Gerry Hamilton compared him to a "taller version of [Odell Beckham Jr.] coming out of high school" and noted that he possesses a "similar explosiveness and shiftiness" to the former LSU and current Giants great.
Aug 5 - 11:27 AM

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

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell wrote that according to one NFL GM, Kansas senior S Fish Smithson "really jumped out [on film]."

The GM indicated to Campbell that he was excited to watch Smithson's development in 2016. Last season, the 5-foot-11, 201-pounder earned All-Big 12 second-team honors on the strength of a conference-leading 111 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble. Campbell's GM is not on an island in believing that NFL success could be in the cards for Smithson when all is said and done -- ESPN's Brandon Chatmon issued a similar sentiment earlier this offseason.
Jul 5 - 3:03 PM

ESPN's Brandon Chatmon believes Kansas senior S Fish Smithson "could easily follow in the footsteps of guys like Chris Harris and Ben Heeney as Jayhawks who have gone on to productive NFL careers."

Smithson led the Big 12 Conference with 111 total tackles as a junior and also led the NCAA in solo tackles with 7.9 per game (ranked No. 13 in total tackles at 10.1 per game). Presumably because he plays for Kansas, that Herculean showing garnered mere Second Team All-Big 12 honors by the league coaches. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Smithson has everyone's attention now, even if he's playing for a team that hasn't won a game since 2014.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 15 - 7:09 PM

Four-star 2017 CB Michael Lee committed to Kansas.

Lee took to Twitter to make his announcement, writing, "After discussing my options with my brothers, family and my coaches, I have decided to announce that in the next 3 to 4 years I would be taking my talent to Kansas." It's a nice snag for the Jayhawks, who netted the 5-foot-9, 175-pounder in the face of offers from the likes of Miami, Cal, Missouri and Tennessee. The Louisiana native stands as Kansas' eighth commitment for the 2017 cycle. He is actually the second player from Louisiana to commit to Kansas -- the influence of new RB coach Tony Hull, who spent the last nine years coaching high school football at Warren Easton in New Orleans.
Jun 11 - 4:17 PM

Arkansas graduate RB Denzell Evans transferred to Kansas.

Evans initially planned to transfer to SMU, but apparently he got one look at Kansas' depth chart and booked the next flight for Lawrence. The 5-foot-11, 217-pounder describes himself as a one-cut runner with great hands. He's eligible to play immediately and has two years of eligibility remaining.
Source: KU Sports
Jun 7 - 6:32 PM

Kansas junior WR Darious Crawley will transfer.

Crawley had 244 receiving yards last season. He exited the spring buried on the depth chart, however. While Kansas is thin across the roster, it isn't at receiver. Former Texas A&M receiver Laquvionte Gonzalez figures to be Ryan Willis' No. 1 target and Kansas returns Shakiem Barbel, Steven Sims, Tyler Patrick, and Bobby Hartzog.
Jun 3 - 8:16 PM

247Sports' Ryan Bartow reports that former Alabama junior T Charles Baldwin is visiting Louisville on Wednesday.

Baldwin was dismissed from Alabama earlier in May due to a "violation of unspecified team rules." The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder ranked as ESPN's No. 1 JUCO prospect when he initially signed with Alabama in February. In addition to Wednesday's visit to Louisville -- Baldwin is hoping the trip results in an offer -- he also reportedly visited Temple last week.
May 25 - 2:17 PM

The father of Colorado State junior RB Deron Thompson told a KWCH television station in Wichita that his son is transferring to Kansas.

Thompson left the Colorado State program in March. At the time, he explained, "It just didn’t seem like it was ever a priority to get me on the field. I never was late to meetings, never was in trouble, never failed a drug test. I did everything I was asked and felt I was as good as anyone else out there." The 5-foot-10, 178-pounder saw just seven carries for 49 yards during his sophomore season in 2015. A former three-star recruit, Thompson will have to sit out the coming campaign, but will have two years eligibility remaining starting in 2017.
May 23 - 1:15 PM

Arkansas graduate RB Denzell Evans transferred to SMU.

Evans will have two years of eligibility remaining after he joins the Mustangs. The 5-foot-11, 217-pounder saw action in 15 games with the Razorbacks, though his role consisted mostly of special teams work. He finished his time with Arkansas having rushed for 84 yards on 13 carries.
Source: SEC Country
May 23 - 12:11 PM


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