Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Bowen Unsure of Starting QB Going Forward

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Bowen Unsure of Starting QB Going Forward

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Kansas interim coach Clint Bowen isn't ready to say whether the second-half change to quarterback Michael Cummings is a permanent switch.

"We'll re-evaluate that on Sunday. We'll get with the offensive staff. We'll get with everyone," Bowen said. "We'll continue to try to be as creative and innovative as we can with our offense."

After meeting with the offensive coaches at halftime, Bowen was the one that alerted Cozart he was being replaced.

"Montell's a tremendous young man. He's all about what is best for this team and what gives us the best chance to win," Bowen said. "He took it. Obviously everyone wants to play. That's what kids are here for, so it doesn't make him happy. But at the same time, he was on board."

Cozart said quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus approached him on the sideline and told him to keep learning even while he was out of the game.

"That's what I did the whole second half," Cozart said. "I've just got to keep staying in the film room and putting in extra work."

Meanwhile, backup Michael Cummings received extended minutes for the first time since 2012 when he was a redshirt freshman. That year, he played in eight games and started five.

Against West Virginia on Saturday, he completed 8 of 17 passes for 65 yards.

"Some of (the throws) I want back. I missed Nigel (King) for a touchdown. I kind of got excited back there, and it got away from me," Cummings said. "But hey, it happens."

NEW RITUAL -- KU's players woke up to a new routine Saturday morning, going for an 8:45 "hydration walk" in the parking lot outside the team hotel.

Each player grabbed a cup of water or Gatorade then made their way outside, where Bowen had some motivational words and team captains were required to shake hands with each of their teammates. …

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