The Kansas Jayhawks decided to start Michael Cummings instead of Dayne Crist this weekend against the Oklahoma Sooners.
Upon looking at his stat sheet, it might look like the Cummings start was a bad one. He went 10-for-21 with 111 yards and two interceptions. He had no touchdowns as Kansas’ only score was a rushing touchdown.
Despite losing 52-7 and not scoring a passing touchdown, the Michael Cummings start was a good thing for the Kansas Jayhawks. This is because it is the start of a new era for Kansas. Cummings is only a freshman and these next few games can be learning experiences for him.
Kansas’ final five opponents are: #23 Texas, Baylor, #14 Texas Tech, Iowa State, and #19 West Virginia.
Will the Jayhawks win all their last five games? No, but they might win some.
Just like the OU game, the rest of the season will be good learning experiences for Cummings. Each of the next five games will help him understands what he needs to do to become a better quarterback for the Jayhawks.
Head coach Charlie Weis mentioned a two-quarterback system during the week before the game in Norman, Oklahoma. This would be the stupidest thing for the Jayhawks to do. Crist is done after this year and will be no use for KU next year.
Is Cummings inexperienced? A little. Is he rusty? Most likely because this is his first time playing in two years (reshirted last season), but starting him the rest of the way is the best thing for Kansas.
Charlie Weis and Kansas should start Michael Cummings for the rest of the season and let Dayne Crist help him from the sidelines. Even though Crist is not fit to be the starter for Kansas, he can help teach Cummings some things to get him ready for next season.
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