Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Confident Cozart Flying High ; Sophomore KU Quarterback Using 'Swag' to His Advantage

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Confident Cozart Flying High ; Sophomore KU Quarterback Using 'Swag' to His Advantage

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LAWRENCE -- When you're sitting at the bottom of the Big 12 and looking up like Kansas is, there obviously is a lot of work to do before you get to the top.

But a good way to help speed up the process -- or at least take that pivotal first step -- is with a talented, young quarterback who can make plays with his arm, his legs and light a fire in those around him. KU believes it has one in Montell Cozart.

So when the KU sophomore takes the field for the Jayhawks' season opener against Southeast Missouri State at 6 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium, Cozart sees a big opportunity in front of him and the Jayhawks. He sees a chance to start the season strong with a win and build off what gains they made last year.

"It's going to be very important," Cozart said. "I'm sure everybody wants to see it. We got the confidence that we can do it. We've been talking about it all summer and all spring and now it's here. So we got the confidence we're going to go out there and have fun and turn this thing around."

After being off last week, Cozart and the Jayhawks will finally unveil the new spread offense, which is made for a quarterback like Cozart. But there is a bit of a wrinkle, as Cozart said the Jayhawks actually have three styles to work with. They can either "speed it up, go real fast or just go normal tempo." Whatever the speed, Cozart has the benefit of having dangerous weapons around him in Nick Harwell, Tony Pierson and Nigel King. That should help elevate his play.

"We got some great guys on the edges," Cozart said. "I just want to get the ball to them, and they're going to do great things with it in space, and I believe in it. Just like I believe I'll get the ball to them, and I trust them as well. So I'm looking forward to those guys racking up some numbers this year."

In the past year, Cozart said he has become a better student of the game. He goes to the film room more often and is better at reading tendencies on defense. …

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