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Kansas Names Montell Cozart Starting Quarterback

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Kansas football head coach David Beaty announced today that junior quarterback Montell Cozart would be the team's starter to begin the 2015 season, despite some reports that JuCo transfer Deandre Ford was knocking on the door.

Cozart entered camp as the presumptive starter and has held onto the job throughout camp despite some pushing not just from Ford but highly touted freshmen Carter Stanley and Ryan Willis.

Cozart has struggled in his career, completing just 45.5 percent of his passes and throwing just five touchdowns compared to nine interceptions.

Billed as a dual threat QB, Cozart hasn't been able to do much of either as he has generally shied away from contact and also struggled immensely with his accuracy and decision making. It's impossible, however, to really get an accurate picture of his skills given the nature of both the offensive lines and the coaching staffs in each of his first two seasons. Going from whatever offense Charlie Weis decided to run week to week to the air raid will likely benefit Cozart, as he will not only have plenty of options to throw the ball to, but also will likely be able to get the ball out of his hands quickly. In the end this is probably the right call. While I think both Willis and Stanley have good long term potential, throwing them out there this season would be throwing them to the wolves, whereas letting them learn and getting an extra year of eligibility via redshirt can only help both those two young QBs but also the team going forward.