Next Man Up

The injury bug continues to hit Kansas, as they stand at 0-4. Now, they are also down two quarterbacks, adding insult on top of the injury.

The injury bug continues to hit Kansas, as they stand at 0-4. Now, they are also down two quarterbacks, adding insult on top of the injury.

Montell Cozart will be out indefinitely with a shoulder sprain, suffered during Saturday’s 38-13 loss at Iowa State. Meanwhile, junior college transfer Deondre Ford will miss the remainder of the season with torn ligaments in a thumb, which was suffered in a loss at Rutgers the week before. Cozart will remain the biggest mystery.

“That will just depend on how well he progresses over the next few days and the next few weeks,” head coach David Beaty said. “If he progresses at a good rate, then we'll be able to determine how quickly we can get him back. He has a pretty significant shoulder sprain. We'll see how he reacts to that. Right now he's definitely out this week. I'm not sure when we can get him back. He's not doing very good right now in that area.”

The injuries now thrust true freshman Ryan Willis into the spotlight. That lights will shine as bright as the sun when he makes first career start against third ranked Baylor, Saturday in Memorial Stadium.

Willis has seen action in two games including in the final quarter last week in Ames. However, this is a little different, but that doesn’t mean that the Bishop Miege product isn’t relishing the opportunity.

“Man, he's excited about getting his first start. He's basically lived up here with us, and he's been doing that the entire time, trying to get himself ready,” Beaty said. “I can see it in his eye. He's excited about this opportunity. I think last week just kind of gave him a taste, and I know he's ready to move forward.”


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