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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes 8.25.15

Don't worry Wilson, I'll do all the paddling. You just hang on.

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- Kansas Sports -

Beaty Gives Cozart the Nod at Quarterback

"Competing and earning it, that is something that we are harping on around here," said Cozart. "I knew I had to step up. Going through camp I feel like my teammates and the coaching staff have gotten a lot of confidence in me and that is a great feeling as a quarterback."

Starting quarterback Montell Cozart credits brother for improvement |

A big part of Wade’s message to his younger brother focused on one of the biggest criticisms of Cozart’s game — courage and toughness. Wade’s words were why Cozart added the extra bulk. "Playing the position I’m playing, I needed some fat on me," he said. "It gives me a lot of confidence that I can take a hit and trust myself."

AUDIO - David Beaty explains why Montell Cozart will open season as KU's No. 1 QB (Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews) |

First-year Kansas football coach David Beaty officially named junior Montell Cozart the Jayhawks’ No. 1 quarterback on Monday afternoon, 12 days before KU’s season opener against South Dakota State. "Really, really proud of this kid," Beaty said. "He has absolutely earned it."

VIDEO - Peek inside KU football practice — Aug. 24, 2015 |

A peek inside Monday's Kansas football practice, a few hours after David Beaty named junior quarterback Montell Cozart the team's starter.

Kansas Basketball Notebook: |

Utah Jazz sign Jeff Withey; Sasha Kaun to provide depth with Cleveland; Austin Wiley trims list, KU makes the cut

- College Sports -

Something Rotten in Texas: Baylor, Art Briles, and Sam Ukwuachu "

Not to be indelicate about it, but the past 12 years have featured quite the run of malfeasance at the Baylor University athletic department.

Baker Mayfield named Sooners starting QB: 3 things to know -

Former Texas Tech starter Baker Mayfield will begin the 2015 season as Oklahoma's quarterback.

- Potpourri -

Young girl bullied for loving Star Wars

The 501st Legion, an organized army of “Star Wars” fans, heard Layla’s story and decided to bring her back from the dark side of the Force. Its members rallied messages of support and sent her a special suit of Stormtrooper armor that’s been passed down by other girls who’ve faced similar bullying in the past.

- Pic and Video of the Day -

LOOK: Indiana has a creative season ticket package -

The package Indiana season tickets come in is actually an Indiana flag.

WATCH: QB Jameill Showers improvises, hits Nick Harwell for TD

Down 23-0 in the fourth quarter, Showers led the Cowboys offense on an 11-play, 72-yard touchdown drive. Check out the eight-yard TD pass to wide receiver Nick Harwell with 4:11 left in the game.