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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Charlie Weis quiet on QB

Kansas quarterbacks Montell Cozart, left, and Jake Heaps warm up prior to kickoff against Oklahoma State on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Kansas quarterbacks Montell Cozart, left, and Jake Heaps warm up prior to kickoff against Oklahoma State on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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Kansas quarterbacks Montell Cozart, left, and Jake Heaps warm up prior to kickoff against Oklahoma State on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

It’s back to the drawing board for Kansas University’s football team as it prepares for Saturday’s 11 a.m. season finale against Kansas State at Memorial Stadium.

After starting junior quarterback Jake Heaps during the season’s first nine games and true freshman Montell Cozart for the past two, KU coach Charlie Weis once again is keeping the identity of his starter a secret this week, as the Jayhawks (3-8 overall, 1-7 Big 12) look to end the season on a high note against the in-state rival Wildcats.

“I would not say one word,” Weis said on Monday’s Big 12 coaches teleconference. “I would not say who the quarterback (will be). Not a chance.”

Both Heaps and Cozart played during last week’s 34-0 loss at Iowa State, and although neither player could find a way to produce points, each sprinkled a few good moments into an otherwise miserable night.

Cozart ran for 44 yards on 12 carries, including a long of 21 yards that nearly went the distance. In the six games in which he has appeared, the Bishop Miege graduate has proven to be much more effective as a runner than a passer, both in terms of yardage totals and the impact he has on the offense even when he does not keep it and take off.

Heaps entered the Iowa State game with 5:56 to play in the third quarter and looked as accurate as he had been all season. His final numbers (7-of-19 passing for 72 yards) did not reflect that, however, because the Kansas wide receivers dropped half of Heaps’ incompletions.

Saturday’s setback against the Cyclones zapped a lot of the momentum gained from knocking off West Virginia a week earlier, but the Jayhawks believe finishing strong and upsetting the Wildcats, who entered the week as 17-point favorites, would be enough to paint the 2013 season as a step in the right direction. Because of that, Weis began looking to the Sunflower Showdown long before the final horn sounded in Ames, Iowa.

“You don’t wait until after the game to start addressing what needs to be different,” Weis said. “If you wait until the next day at the quarterback position, I think you waited a day too long. (So) during the (Iowa State) game, in the third quarter and the fourth quarter, I had conversations to address issues that happened in the game and how you go about fixing them going forward.”

While that was the focus with the two guys who play the game’s most important position late in the loss to ISU, Weis turned his attention to the entire team as soon as time ran out.

“Saturday night after the game, I ripped into them as bad as you can be ripped into,” Weis said. “Sunday, we moved on to Kansas State.”

Comments

David Kemp 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Ok let's break it down: QB has no wheels can throw, QB has wheels can't throw, o line can't block, receivers can't catch, leaves Sims to do it by himself( not working) Dline no push, linebackers make 90% of tackles! secondary's best defense is pass interference. Finally, our walk on kicker , supposed to be an upgrade, is benched in favor of same lousy kicker who made us look comical last yr running fake fgs.

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Jordan Powell 4 months, 3 weeks ago

As soon as Crist and Heaps transered they were the lock to start the next two seasons, no real competition. That was a mistake. Cozart can throw a lot better than Charlie is willing to find out which is also a mistake.

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Andy Tweedy 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I REALLY wish the choice of QB had any chance of mattering!!!

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Jim Jackson 4 months, 3 weeks ago

LOL our guys better come prepared.

Anyone have any knowledge of recruits we are closing in on?

Tait?

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Jason Keller 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Snyder will throw down his usual massacre against an inferior opponent. He gets blasted by elite teams and has to take it out on teams he is already up 50 on. Mark my words, this will be a 50 point game going into the 4th quarter and Snyder will have the first team out there til the final seconds off.

People see a little old man with white hair and think he's sweet. Bill Snyder is a terrible sport. If you don't agree with that, you didn't watch K-State football in the late 90s. He used to beat teams by 70 or 80 points and not even flinch. I hope he is around to see his Wildcats take some losses like that.

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Matt Glassman 4 months, 3 weeks ago

…because hey, what the hell does it matter, we're going to get bombed by 50 anyway. Amirite...?

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Terry N Tom Denner 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Sad but the Hawks will get humiliated again in front of a so so crowd on Saturday. Charlie and company will be throwing excuses about every little thing that went wrong this year. The BLAME starts with the coaching staff PERIOD !!! Hate that damn 3-4 defense !! If u do not have a monster NT and two huge and fast DT's u have no chance in hell stopping the run or pass game. Get rid of that worthless Cowboy has been defensive coach and find someone who knows what the heck he is doing. Oh the heck with it, get rid of all of them !!!

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Terry Lee 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I wouldn't be surprised in the UCLA QB transfer and the WR from Miami OH mysteriously sneak away in the off-season to other programs. Hell, I would....

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Jim Jackson 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I agree, but the conundrum we are faced with is that Ianello is recruiting and in good position with a lot of recruits right now. How can we fire him?

Great players make great coaches; does anyone think Ed Orgeron could take over KU like he did for Kiffin @ USC and go 6-1 (or whatever their record has been since he took over)?

No chance. However, his roster is loaded with 4 & 5 star players.

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Brandon Mahon 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Powlus and Ianello were major parts in recruiting last year, they did a decent job bringing in some good JUCO guys that we can expect to help next year once they get off redshirts and have had a full year. But they should NOT be coaching their positions. Weis needs to look in the mirror and see the writing on the wall. He will not be here the full 5 years if things dont get turned around. The good thing about assistant jobs the contracts are usually only 2 years. Get those two out think about Grunhard, but get those two out and get some quality talent in there. Weis should see that they have not done they job he brought them here to do, and it is making him look bad. We had QB issues last year and this year, and Crist got signed by an NFL team. We had receiver issues last year and maybe even worse this year except the we have two guys 3 guys catch a TD. Yet two are transfers and one was our best receiver last year. I am really hoping Weis and Zenger can pull off something this off season get a good OC in here and a couple good assistants. Everyone knows Weis wont be here for 5-10 years maybe pull the coach in waiting job as a stipulation in a contract only if the guy proves himself.

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Jim Jackson 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I wouldn't fire Grunhard; we just need better talent.

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Terry Lee 4 months, 3 weeks ago

All the positions where we suck are being coached by those with a P O S Notre Dame connection: QB, Line, Receivers. Fire Ianello, Powlus and Grunhard, hell Weis too.

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Robert Brown 4 months, 3 weeks ago

In this picture, Heaps sort of looks like Drew Brees.

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Doug Merrill 4 months, 3 weeks ago

We so often see comments that globalize the problems to the entire team and the coach. I think it is worth remembering as you look back early in the season and in several other games through the season, we could easily be battling for the sixth or even seventh win this weekend if we had had 2 receivers who were able to hold onto the ball. I have never seen a crew drop balls like this one, every single one of them. We have had defensive breakdowns, but they were not the reason for 3 of our losses. We have had offensive line weakness, but they were not the reason for 3 of our losses. We have a young team with not a great talent pool (yet) at all positions, but our Coach is not the problem: we don't have two guys who are dependable that when the ball comes to them, they catch it.

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Doug Cramer 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Big bad Charlie has to let the world know that he. "Ripped into them".

Probably too late Charlie. I wonder if anyone ripped into Charlie for not developing a team that plays disciplined SMART football. You can bet that K-State will.

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Craig Carr 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Blah blah blah, tree falling in the forest

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