Kansas coach Charlie Weis, citing a 1-6 record and owing it to the team to see what it’s got has named redshirt freshman Michael Cummings the starting quarterback for the Jayhawks homecoming game with Texas, Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
He left nothing to speculation, highlighting the fact that the “OR” on the depth chart would be removed leaving no doubt that Cummings is the guy.
He started last week’s 52-7 loss at Oklahoma, but alternated with senior Dayne Crist at various points in the game. Cummings demonstrated poise, however in an intimidating environment, which showed Weis that he was ready for the challenge.
“The game wasn't too big for him down in Oklahoma," Weis said, Tuesday at his weekly press conference. "Now, of course, I didn't throw the playbook at him.”
Weis did promise to open things up a little more for Cummings against the Longhorns.
“We'll do a little bit more with him this week than we did last week, obviously,” Weis said. “When you score seven points, that's not good enough no matter who you're playing. So, you've got to give your team a chance to score more points than that."
In other news, Weis said that running back Tony Pierson is close to fully healed from an injured elbow suffered against Kansas State, October 6th.
As for the depth chart, some changes up front.
Damon Martin is listed as “OR” at left guard with Duane Zlatnik.
“He was one of those guys that we wanted to consider playing and the main reason was mainly because of how he’s looked in practice,” Weis said of Martin. “If you had asked me last spring if I’d see him playing in a game, I would have given you a lot of odds that he wouldn’t be seeing the field, even this year. But, he’s gotten better and better and put himself into the mix”
Elsewhere, Aslam Sterling is listed as the “OR” at right guard and right tackle, backing up Randall Dent and Gavin Howard, respectively.
Chris Omigie is listed as the “Z” receiver with Tre Parmalee second. Andrew Turzilli is listed as second behind Kale Pick at the “X” receiver.
Taylor Cox and Brandon Bourbon will return kicks. Bradley McDougald will return punts. Parmalee is listed second.
Daymond Patterson is still in the questionable range, according to Weis. He will be listed as if he isn’t playing until he can prove that he’s fully healed from a concussion suffered against Oklahoma State.
“Head injuries are something that you don’t mess with,” Weis said.