Originally published April 27, 2015 at 10:58a.m., updated April 27, 2015 at 07:14p.m.

Michael Cummings to have surgery on left knee

Blue Team starting quarterback Michael Cummings his helped off of the field by trainers during the Spring Game on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Memorial Stadium.

Blue Team starting quarterback Michael Cummings his helped off of the field by trainers during the Spring Game on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Memorial Stadium.


Kansas University football players, coaches and fans held their collective breaths Saturday at Memorial Stadium when senior quarterback Michael Cummings took a helmet to his left knee after taking off downfield in the first half of KU’s spring game.

The 5-foot-10 signal-caller from Killeen, Texas, will have to get the knee surgically repaired, KU coach David Beaty announced in a release Monday morning.

“Following his surgery, he will work diligently, alongside our medical staff, to get back to the field as quickly as possible,” Beaty said, not disclosing specifics on the injury.

Cummings, like every KU quarterback during the scrimmage showcase, wore a red jersey to indicate he shouldn’t be tackled. However, senior walk-on safety Michael Glatczak found himself engaged in a downfield block during the QB’s second-quarter scramble, and his helmet ended up knocking into Cummings’ left knee as the defender pulled himself loose and hit the QB low.

Immediately following the spring game, KU coach David Beaty related Cummings’ take on the play: “Coach, he didn’t mean to do it. He got pushed into me.”

Beaty on Saturday deemed the play a “complete freak accident,” and said he wished he had blown his whistle quicker on that particular occasion during the fan-friendly practice.

“But they were both moving so fast,” Beaty admitted, “I’m not sure it would’ve made a difference. They were just kind of converging right there.”

On Monday, Beaty stood by his original assessment of the play, upon reviewing video from the spring game. The coach said Glatczak had his back to the action almost the entire play.

“At the last second he turned to make the tackle without having any idea who was carrying the ball,” Beaty said. “He is a great kid, a great teammate and again it was just a very unfortunate accident.”

Monday afternoon, Cummings tweeted out a message to his teammate, Glatczak: “Want to give a shoutout to my boy (Glatczak) — he’s a great player and teammate, I have nothing but love for him, I’ll be back.”

The 5-foot-10 QB remained on the turf long after sustaining the injury and had to be helped to the sideline by KU staffers. Eventually, Cummings limped to the locker room under his own power, making Beaty optimistic his program’s senior QB, and the incumbent starter, would be OK.

Cummings replaced then-sophomore Montell Cozart as the Jayhawks’ first-string quarterback during Week 6 of the 2014 season.

With a new staff in place and months to go until the 2015 season, no starting roles have been assigned. Cozart and Cummings were set to split reps during the spring game until Cummings got knocked from the action.

Incoming KU freshmen Carter Stanley and Ryan Willis also figure to factor into the QB competition once they arrive on campus this summer.


Chris Oestreich 7 years, 2 months ago

This is unfortunate. It may open the door for Carter Stanley to get reps this year. Lets just hope it is not an ACL.

Pete Hatcher 7 years, 2 months ago

Lets remember that Stanley only has a year of experience under his belt as the starting QB. Willis has a cannon and has shown the accuracy of a D1 QB. I wouldn't count him out. Smart kid as well.

Gerry Butler 7 years, 2 months ago

agree 100% Chris, can only hope. If it is ACL things that can really cost Cummings, then I think we just have to REALLY open the door, and give the Freshman a look, a hard look. Unfortunately fed to the wolves, I mean this in the best of way but I just don't feel Cozart is our answer, so the only option is to give the 2 freshman reps. Carter and Willis. could be a long season, although am seeing signs of David Beaty and staff, transfers and higher profile athletes giving us at least a look. wishing you all the best Michael

Joe Ross 7 years, 2 months ago

You could not have scripted a tougher season ahead for Kansas if you tried.


Joe Ross 7 years, 2 months ago

On the other hand, Michael Cummings is eligible for a medical redshirt if the injury is season-ending, and can return to the team when our prospects are better.

Michael Lorraine 7 years, 2 months ago

I thought the same thing but after further review I think it would be in his best interest to call it a career. As much as I'd like to see him in a KU uniform, I can't see the point of risking more serious injury for one more year of college football. He has more than earned his scholarship.

John Fitzgerald 7 years, 2 months ago

Yea, it's going to be another rough football season. Ugh ... But, I still got my season tickets and there's always tailgating to make it worth it.

Kevin Randell 7 years, 2 months ago

I will make the 3 1/2 hour trip as well! Hoping the pieces coming in over the summer and fall will help make us competitive.

Richard Duran 7 years, 2 months ago

0-12. I hope Beaty is one hell of a recruiter!

Calvin Miller 7 years, 2 months ago

Probably 1-11. Should still be able to win the SDSU game. The remainder are losses.

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 2 months ago

SDSU went 9-4 last season and have been a consistent program over the past few years, not a guaranteed win.

Michael Lorraine 7 years, 2 months ago

Very classy Mr. Cummings. Very classy indeed.

Mark Lindrud 7 years, 2 months ago

Next man up. I have coached football, and lost very good players to injuries, which we found out who on the team could step up, and who could not. We knew this season would be tough, and this season will bring out character in these young men.

Michael Lorraine 7 years, 2 months ago

These are the exact uniforms they should wear for home and road games. Like the plain blue helmet without the KU or Jayhawk. Very classy. We may not play well but at least we look good.

W Keith Swinehart II 7 years, 2 months ago

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