Monday, October 17, 2016

David Beaty: QB competition ‘always open’

Kansas quarterback Ryan Willis (13) is sacked by Baylor defensive end Jamie Jacobs (43) during the third quarter on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas.

Kansas quarterback Ryan Willis (13) is sacked by Baylor defensive end Jamie Jacobs (43) during the third quarter on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas.


University of Kansas football coach David Beaty didn’t name a new starting quarterback Monday morning on the Big 12 coaches conference call, but he didn’t necessarily provide a thorough endorsement of incumbent Ryan Willis, either.

“Our competition is always open,” Beaty said on the matter of the Jayhawks’ starting QB before pausing a few seconds. “Just ’cause you start it doesn’t mean you’re gonna finish it.”

Willis, named the first-stringer two weeks ago, before KU’s game against TCU, has thrown six interceptions and lost one fumble in his two turns as the starter. In total against TCU and Baylor, Willis completed 41 of 64 passes (64.1 percent), for 437 yards, while suffering 10 sacks. The Jayhawks finished their latest blowout road loss, at BU, with a season-low 134 passing yards — and Willis only accounted for 89.

As Kansas (1-5 overall, 0-3 Big 12) begins this week’s preparation for an 11 a.m. Saturday meeting with Oklahoma State (4-2, 2-1) at Memorial Stadium, Beaty indicated he once again will review the subject of starting quarterback.


Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart (2) pulls back to throw during the first quarter on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.

“Any team would be frustrated with the turnovers and particularly when you believe most of those, if not all of them, are preventable,” Beaty said. “When they’re preventable you’ve gotta do a good job of lookin' inside and making sure you’re giving yourselves the best chance to be successful on both sides of the ball. And we’ve always been a competitive team here, when it comes to being competing to play, and we’ve got guys that are all capable of doing the job at every position, so we’ll continue to evaluate that as we move forward each week.”

On the season, Wilis, who played sparingly as a backup rotating in the first few weeks, has completed 72 of 117 throws (61.5 percent) for 811 yards, with three touchdowns and seven interceptions. Defenses have sacked him 16 times.

Fourth-year junior Montell Cozart, who started the first four games for KU and hasn’t appeared in one since, has completed 57 of 91 passes (62.6 percent) for 581 yards, with six touchdowns and four interceptions. Neither Rhode Island, Ohio, Memphis nor Texas Tech sacked Cozart.

Playing exclusively in late-game mop-up duty, redshirt freshman Carter Stanley is 12-for-20 on passes (60 percent) for 138 yards, with one touchdown and one interception — both coming Saturday at Baylor. The Bears sacked Stanley, as well, marking another first for the backup.


Chris Bailey 3 years, 1 month ago

Let's take out the Rhode Island game from Cozarts stats. Not sure that's a fair comparison. I mean clearly we played a very inferior team that day. Willis has played every game against teams that are much better than ours and we almost beat TCU. How many times do we have to hear this Cozart crap? GAWD I cannot wait till he graduates! I'm so sick and tired of hearing about him. Every year he starts the cupcake game padding his stats. It's a joke. Then we get in the head of Willis because we play an arguably top 10 team and lose and he has a bad game? Come on. Let the kid learn the game and develop!

Brett McCabe 3 years, 1 month ago

The Rhode Island stats are meaningless for everyone on the team. URI may be the worst team in the country.

We have a really bad O.C., a terrible Q.B.C. and our second offense in two years. Beaty the botcher. He better figure something out PDQ.

Chris Bailey 3 years, 1 month ago



M. Cozart 18/25 199 3 1 95.0 R. Willis 7/9 144 2 0 92.6 C. Stanley 3/4 56 1 0 96.3 TEAM 28/38 399 6 1

Here's my point though. Cozart looks so much better completion wise yet he really wasn't and he played more. That game gets tossed out and things start to become more apparent.


      C/ATT        YDS  TD  INT QBR

M. Cozart 17/24 198 2 0 49.1 R. Willis 1/5 8 0 1 2.1 TEAM 18/29 206 2 1 --



M. Cozart 13/21 87 0 2 8.4 R. Willis 9/13 80 0 0 6.1 C. Stanley 4/6 26 0 0 44.2



R. Willis 14/26 142 1 0 25.0 M. Cozart 9/20 97 1 1 29.7 C. Stanley 2/2 11 0 0 73.9


            C/ATT   YDS TD  INT QBR

R. Willis 31/45 348 0 3 49.6 TEAM 31/45 348 0 3

Sorry to clog up the feed but Cozart's numbers were mostly against crap. Most of Willis' were against Big12. No comparison.

Chris Bailey 3 years, 1 month ago

And really does the Ohio game even count? Could they beat anyone in the Big12? I doubt it.

David Kemp 3 years, 1 month ago

Problem is if your going to run the read option your qb has to be able to run otherwise it's not an option.

Joe Ross 3 years, 1 month ago

RE: David Beaty: QB competition "always open".


......................................(I know who I want to take me home...)

Joe Ross 3 years, 1 month ago

If Beaty ever plays Cozart as quarterback again he should be fired immediately after the game in question.

All this going back and forth really speaks volumes about Beaty's inability to develop a quarterback.

Micky Baker 3 years, 1 month ago

There's a guy that we can bring in to help. His name is Todd Reesing... any takers?

Michael Leiker 3 years, 1 month ago

There's more to playing QB than throwing the ball, Willis has shown an ability to put his head down and get what is there more than Cozart and has a fairly physical 21 yard TD run as well. I have a hard time believing there is a real QB competition going on.

Mick Allen 3 years, 1 month ago

I certainly am not advocating giving the job back to Cozart, but we are in serious trouble, aren't we already though, if we have to rely on Willis's running ability. He is slower than the second coming of Christ.

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