Oct 13, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Michael Cummings (14) throws a touchdown pass against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Oklahoma State won the game 20-14. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Staff Roundtable: Should Michael Cummings Start Against Oklahoma?


The Kansas Jayhawks dropped to 1-5 on the year after their loss to Oklahoma State this weekend. The Cowboys were expecting to come in an blow out the Jayhawks, but that did not happen.

That’s because Kansas made a change between halves. Dayne Crist started the first half and Kansas trailed 20-0 with him in at quarterback. Then, head coach Charlie Weis pulled Crist for the second game in a row and put in freshman Michael Cummings. Cummings led the Jayhawks back and made it a 20-14 game. Oklahoma State still got the win, but Cummings might have shown the Kansas fans something they might not know about him. He got play some ball.

With the way Cummings played against OSU, should he start against Oklahoma or should Kansas stay with Dayne Crist?

George: Cummings proved himself this week, yes he should get the start vs Oklahoma. Crist looked afraid on Saturday, he looked out of place. A change could install new life into the offense.

Ricky: Yes. In the KSU game, Cummings came in for “mop up duty” and did not look great. In the game this week against OSU, he was put in the game with a chance to actually do something and he rose up to the challenge. When he got into the game, the score was 20-0 and he pulled Kansas within 6 points in one half. Can you imagine what the outcome would have been if he played the whole game? Kansas might have been 2-4 after this game.

Now I know Oklahoma is no “cupcake.” Ha!! Did I just use “Oklahoma” and “cupcake” in the same sentence? Oklahoma is the major leagues and Kansas will be Double-A if Crist starts the game. Am I saying Kansas will win with Cummings? No way! However, I am saying that starting Cummings now will be better for Kansas in the future. The Jayhawk mindset should be “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

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