The Kansas Jayhawks ended their first football spring practice period under new coach David Beaty on Saturday with their annual Blue-White spring game.
A day of high energy and enthusiastic build-up to a new season under a new head coach, however, did not end on the same upbeat note.
Senior quarterback Michael Cummings suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of the spring scrimmage that will require surgery and put him on the sidelines for an undetermined amount of time.Nov 29, 2014; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Michael Cummings (14) drops back to pass during first-half action against the Kansas State Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports
What is highly unusual about the injury is the way it happened. Cornerback Michael Glatczak slammed into Cummings while making a tackle on another player. The unfortunate outcome of the play was the knee injury to Cummings, even though he was wearing a no-contact jersey as is typical of most QBs during the spring practice period.
In reviewing game tape after the scrimmage, Beaty did not believe the play was intentional on the part of Glarczak.
Cummings was quarterbacking for the Blue team, which went on to win the game by a score of 20-7 over the White team. In the short time he was in the game, he completed 4 out of 8 passes for 43 yards. Last fall, Cummings started seven games for the Jayhawks, completing 56 percent of his passes for 1,715 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Junior quarterback was very impressive throwing the ball for the blue team. The junior Montell Cozart completed 16 of 26 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
Senior wide receiver Shakiem Barbel caught one of the TD passes and had four other receptions for a total of 78 yards. Junior tight end Kent Taylor caught only two passes in the game, but one went for 88 yards from Cozart.
The White team scored its only points on an 11-yard TD pass from quarterback T.J. Millweard to junior tight end Sebastian Fairchild.
Besides the injury to Cummings, the Jayhawks’ offense also will be without the services of running back Corey Avery and senior wide receiver Rodriquez Coleman. The latter two players were suspended indefinitely by Beaty after the spring game. According to a published story on ESPN.com, Beaty termed the futures of both players “uncertain.”
Avery, who would be a sophomore in the fall, led Kansas in rushing last season, gaining 631 yards and scoring 5 touchdowns.
The Jayhawks will open up the 2015 season at home on Sept. 5 against South Dakota State.