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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Keegan

Opinion: Cozart has QB skills, swagger

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True freshman quarterback Montell Cozart has not been made available for interviews since his name first appeared on the Kansas University football depth chart nine days ago.

He did make an appearance at an Aug. 21 interview session, where he revealed himself to be smart, confident and blessed with youthful innocence, so excited to be part of a college football program close to home.

Not surprisingly, Cozart looked jittery in his debut in the second quarter of Saturday’s 34-19 loss to Oklahoma, made a few wrong reads running the option, and never did get to throw the ball. He also looked blurry fast, a nice quality for a college quarterback.

KU head coach Charlie Weis said Cozart needs to be ready for the entire game plan this week against Baylor, although Jake Heaps remains the starter.

I asked Cozart if he considers himself a better passer or runner.

“I’m equal,” he said. “I’m still pass-first, but I feel like if I need to I can count on my feet to be able to move me around and still be able to make a throw, or if I need to, I can run and maybe get out of bounds.”

He said he has been clocked in the 40 at 4.5 “multiple times” and once ran “4.49” at a scouting combine. He said strength and conditioning coach Scott Holsopple calls him, “Rollout Guy.”

“I love making throws on the run,” Cozart said. “That puts the defense in a bind. Are they going to come up and stop you? You have to make the defense make the decision. Speed brings a different tempo to the game.”

Cozart identified Tom Brady as his favorite pro-style QB and Cam Newton as his favorite dual-threat leader of an offense.

“Tom Brady because he’s Tommy Brady,” Cozart said. “He’s legit. And then Cam Newton, I’ve been watching him since he was at Florida (as Tim Tebow’s backup) and then when he got to Auburn he did some great things. I feel like we’re very similar. He’s definitely a pass-first type, too. And then if he has to move, he moves. He’s way bigger than I am. He’s huge, but he can definitely still run if he has to.”

A 6-foot-2, 189-pound graduate of Bishop Miege, Cozart said he would like to weigh “215, 220” by the time he’s a senior.

Cozart made it sound as if few things in football match the thrill of completing a deep pass.

“You definitely have a feeling, once you let it go you know it’s going to be a completion,” he said. “I guess it’s just a quarterback thing, I don’t know. You just have that type of swagger and confidence about yourself. You just see the receiver running right under it, you’re like, ‘Oh, this is going to be a good play right here.’ It’s definitely a good feeling.”

So is watching one, from what I can remember.

Comments

Brandon Mahon 6 months ago

Cozart was recruited by some big schools that like Athletic QBs.... Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, K-State, Illinois, Indiana, WV, Northern Illinois, and Misery. There must be a reason he was recruited by all these schools. He has 4.5 speed but have a decent arm. He won first all state honors. He is a solid player, you can't judge him on won game, yes it was the State Title, and that's a big game, but look at all the other stats and info. I think he has a chance to be a spark, he just has to make good decisions, don't force things and let the game come to him.

I like what I saw of him in the Spring game... This could cause Heaps to work harder and player harder, but Cozart's speed and athleticism could mean great things but he has to complete a couple passes to make his speed effective, it could open up some big things for Sims, Miller, Pierson. Pistol formation and shotgun reads could be big with quick routes to get him in rhythm.

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Kyle Coffey 6 months ago

I really hope the best for Cozart, but in the 5A State Championship last year against Bishop Carroll in which they lost 60-21 Cozart had 67 rushing yards, completed 13 passes for 186 and threw 2 INT's. 50 of those 186 yards were in the 4th quarter of a 60-14 game at that time. This kid is probably the best blend of size and speed at the QB KU has had here in a long time but if he couldn't perform better against a 5A high school team, how do you expect him to jump in his freshman year of college against Big 12 competition without any games out of conference to help prepare him? Let me see him throw first before I make any further opinions on what his future could be.

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Brett McCabe 6 months ago

I don't think that Gisele is even allowed to call him "Tommy".

As far as the subject of the article, it seems appropriate since all signs are pointing to more playing time this week for Cozart and it's always nice to know more about the best player on almost every team: the backup quarterback.

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Marc Frey 6 months ago

Until we can block pass rushers, our QBs will be in trouble. Look at what a walk-on frosh for T. Tech did to us?

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Doug Cramer 6 months ago

K.U. Sports dot com KOOL-AID at its best !!!

Was it Jordan Webb or Dayne Crist...that compared themselves to Peyton Manning, Micheal Vick, and Drew Brees...all in one player ?

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