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Kansas QB Jason Bean Suffers Injury vs. Texas Tech, Freshman Cole Ballard Enters Game

There's a new player under center for the Jayhawks
Kansas QB Jason Bean is questionable to return following a first-half injury vs. Texas Tech
Kansas QB Jason Bean is questionable to return following a first-half injury vs. Texas Tech / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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Kansas backup QB Jason Bean, who started his sixth straight game today following Jalon Daniels' injury in September, suffered an injury of his own in the first half of the Jayhawks' matchup vs. Texas Tech today.

Bean was removed from the game following a gruesome hit, leaving third-string true freshman Cole Ballard as the only active QB on the roster.

Kansas QB Jason Bean Suffers Injury vs. Texas Tech

The broadcast called it an apparent knee injury for Bean, a huge blow to a surging Jayhawks team. Bean led Kansas to a dramatic 38-33 win over No. 6 Oklahoma two weeks ago, guiding the Jayhawks to a No. 16 spot in the College Football Playoff rankings.

We'll see if Bean is able to return to action, though there's been no official comment on his status.

Who is Kansas QB Cole Ballard?

Ballard is a true freshman from Westfield, Indiana and flashes dual-threat ability. He threw for 1,654 yards and 11 TDs in his senior season at Westfield High School, adding 655 yards and 13 more TDs on the ground.

In his first drive under center, Ballard showed poise in leading the Jayhawks on an 18-play, 93-yard drive that ended when Daniel Hishaw Jr. was stuffed on fourth down at the goalline.

Despite coming away with no points, the freshman QB converted a pair of critical third downs, one with his arm on a 12-yard pass to Mason Fairchild and another with his legs on an 11-yard scamper.


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