KU Football: QBs Deondre Ford, Montell Cozart Granted Extra Year

The Kansas University athletic department has announced that quarterbacks Deondre Ford and Montell Cozart have been granted hardship waivers allowing them to play an extra year for KU football.

The announcement comes a week after Cozart and Ford both featured in the Kansas Football Spring Game.

 

 

In the release, second year Head Coach David Beaty had this to say:

“It is great to see the Big 12 is giving Montell and Deondre a year back after both of these guys had their junior seasons end prematurely,” said Kansas head coach David Beaty. “They have worked tirelessly with our medical staff to get healthy and we are fortunate to have two more seasons with them in our program.”

Both Cozart and Ford had their seasons lost to injury last year. Cozart was lost to a shoulder sprain, while Ford tore ligaments in his thumb.

With Ryan Willis’ status as yet uncertain following his wrist injury, Cozart and second year quarterback Carter Stanley have been taking the first team reps during the spring. Cozart spent the spring as the #1 QB on the depth chart, though it is expected that Willis will take over upon his return from injury. While Ford isn’t expected to compete for the starting position, he was called upon to play in multiple games during Coach Beaty’s first season as coach. Cozart, of course, has played in 18 games over the past 3 seasons.

Both Cozart and Ford will now be classified as Redshirt Juniors, giving them two more years in Lawrence. Kansas finished 0-12 last season, with the team never recovering from Cozart’s rough start to the year. The Jayhawks will hope to get Willis back healthy and to the top of depth chart, as he showed the most promise of all the quarterbacks last season.

 

Sep 26, 2015; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach David Beaty talks to Jayhawks quarterback Deondre Ford (15) during the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Points Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas opens its season against Rhode Island on September 3,  a team many expect the Jayhawks to beat. The Jayhawks finish their non-conference slate with Ohio University and the University of Memphis, and if the Jayhawks fail to get Willis back healthy and under center – they could be looking at another 0-12 season.