Montell Cozart has been named the Kansas Jayhawks starting quarterback for the 2014 collegiate season by Charlie Weis.
As reported by Rustin Dodd of the Wichita Eagle, the Jayhawks Head Coach Charlie Weis had this to say in a statement:
“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,”
Cozart was the MVP of the spring game last weekend.
The sophomore was better at running the ball last season than he was at throwing the ball. He toted the ball 66 times for 264 yards in 2013, and had minus 50 yards in sacks and scrambles. He ran for one touchdown.
He only completed 23 of his 63 pass attempts (an awful 36.5%) for just 227 yards. That is only 3.6 yards per pass attempt, another paltry mark. He had 2 interceptions and no passing touchdowns.
This spring, Cozart was evidently more impressive than senior Jake Heaps and sophomore T.J. Millweard. Both Heaps and Millweard are transfers, coming to Kansas to play in Weis’ vaunted pro-style offense. Well, that offense failed miserably Weis’ first two seasons in Lawrence, and has been replace by a new spread offense under the direction of new offensive coordinator, John Reagan.
Heaps and Millweard both have to be disappointed. Surely they picked Kansas because of Weis’ supposed quarterback guru status. Hey, the guy made a Pro Bowler out of Matt Cassell! Now they are back ups in a system in which their skills don’t fit. After last season’s pitiful performance, an argument could be made Heaps didn’t fit in Weis’ old system either.
Heaps connected on just 128 of his 261 pass attempts last year, just 49%, for 1414 yards, 5.4 yards per attempt. He had 8 touchdowns but 10 interceptions.
Much is riding on Montell Cozart’s performance this season. Not only do the Jayhawks need to play better as a team, and be more competitive, they actually have to win some ball games. Under Weis, the quarterback play has been down right terrible in his first two seasons.
A third bad season under Charlie Weis, with yet another unproductive quarterback, and it may just be Weis’ last for Kansas Jayhawks.
Cozart’s running skills will certainly be an asset in the new spread offense, but he does need to pass the ball more accurately in 2014. With the offensive line he is probably going to be playing behind, he has to be able to pass on the move as well.
Cozart’s athleticism is a good fit running the ball, and making plays with his feet. Now, we need to see him make plays with is arm as well.
This is a big decision for Charlie Weis. Let’s see how it works for him.