Kansas interim coach Clint Bowen knows he has to do something to generate anything positive on offense. When the Jayhawks host Oklahoma State on Saturday, it’s anyone’s guess who the starting quarterback will be, but it could very well be that the top three quarterbacks on the depth chart could see the field at Memorial Stadium.
Speaking at his weekly media gathering Tuesday. Bowen acknowledged that the struggles of the offense are crippling the team’s chances. In Saturday’s 33-14 loss ate West Virginia, punter Trevor Pardula set a Milan Puskar Stadium record with 14 punts in a game. In contrast, Kansas State has punted 14 times all season.
“You know, the offensive coaches, (John) Reagan and (Eric) Kiesau and all those guys, they've been working on anything that we can do within our system, within our personnel to put us in a better chance to move the ball and get some first downs and score some points and have complete faith in the plan that they're coming up with and the ideas that they're starting to implement this week will pay off, and always continuing to look to the future to see what gives us the best chance,” Bowen said.
The starting point will come at the quarterback position, where Montell Cozart has started each game this season. But, his ineffectiveness has been crippling and the numbers have shown it. Kansas is last in the Big 12 in trips inside the redzone at just 11. In contrast, Baylor and Kansas State are tied for tops in the league with 29 trips.
In Saturday’s loss, backup Michael Cummings relieved Cozart and completed eight of his 17 passes for 65 yards. UCLA transfer T.J. Milweard replaced him in the fourth quarter for a series and completed his only pass attempt on a four-yard pass play to Tony Pierson. If that game was any small indication, it appears that a mid-season quarterback competition is on in preparation for this week’s matchup with the high flying Cowboys.
“We'll make a decision on one of them this week and let that guy take it and go out there and prove that he can move the offense down the field,” Bowen said. “We have great lines of communication with all three of the young men and explain to them that -- and they understand that they're all in this to win, too.”