Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Beaty Silent on Kansas' Starting QB

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Beaty Silent on Kansas' Starting QB

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When it comes to the Kansas football team's most pressing question, David Beaty plans on keeping fans, media and, most importantly, his next opponent in the dark.

Will he clue his players in, though?

"We might," the KU coach said. "We might not."

Beaty made no announcement Monday regarding who will start at quarterback this fall for the Jayhawks, adding that, at least publicly, he will not reveal who will take the team's snaps until KU's opener against Rhode Island at 6 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

"We're not going to name a starter," Beaty said during the Big 12 football coaches teleconference. "You'll see somebody run out there Saturday. Whenever that guy gets on the field, that will be the guy that takes the field."

The quarterback battle between redshirt junior Montell Cozart and sophomore Ryan Willis is still in "competition mode," Beaty said. Cozart appeared to have an edge when KU brought him to Big 12 media days last month, but Willis has generally earned more favorable reviews from Beaty at fall media sessions.

To Beaty, publicly revealing a starter would only serve to take away the element of surprise the Jayhawks feel they'd have against the Rams, an FCS foe who has gone 5-41 the last four seasons.

"We know who is going to play quarterback for us, and whenever we send that guy out there, we'll know exactly what we're going to do with him," Beaty said. "That's the advantage we're going to carry and we're going to carry that all the way into the game. We're not going to give that advantage away."

Cozart, listed at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, completed 66 of his 105 passes (62.9 percent) last season for 752 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He received a hardship waiver from the Big 12 after suffering a season-ending injury in the Jayhawks' fourth game last season at Iowa State, extending his college career by a year. …

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