Kansas football coach Charlie Weis is determined to do whatever he can to change his program's fortunes, as he heads into his third season as coach. On Thursday, he showed just how serious he is about getting everyone on the same page, as he named sophomore Montell Cozart the starting quarterback going forward.
Cozart, earns the spot after a solid performance in Saturday's Spring Game, where he completed six passes in 10 attempts for 58 yards, while also rushing for 70 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. The Blue team defeated the White team 20-10 and Cozart was a big reason why, being named the game's MVP.
He beats out Jake Heaps, who was projected as the starter heading into spring ball and UCLA transfer T.J. Milweard. Now, he can turn his attention to mastering new offensive coordinator John Reagan's new offense, as the Jayhawks head into condition before beginning fall camp later this summer.
"After the completion of post spring ball evaluations and individual player meetings, I met with the offensive staff and we have decided to name Montell Cozart our starting quarterback," Weis said.
Cozart had his redshirt burned last October, as he entered Kansas' game with Oklahoma. Following the 34-19 loss, he began earning more time before starting his first game in mid November against West Virginia. Kansas snapped their long Big 12 losing streak that day, as they defeated the Mountaineers 31-19. He would go on to start two more games following that one, finishing 23 of 63 for 227 yards and rushing for 214 more.
It's clear that Cozart ability to move around helped the decision, as it will provide Reagan with an extra weapon to utilize as he implements his offense, which is nearly identical to the run that was wan under former offensive coordinator Ed Warriner and former head coach Mark Mangino, which saw the program rise to new heights, culminating with consecutive bowl wins, including a win in the 2008 Orange Bowl which resulted in a 12-1 record during an unforgettable 2007 season.