Jayhawks see progress in annual spring game

Montell Cozart

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Quarterback Montell Cozart was the bright spot for KU’s Blue squad during the annual spring game Saturday, rushing for a pair of touchdowns in the second half. The Blue squad, made up of first and second string players was able to edge the third and fourth string White squad 20-10.

Cozart split time during the game with senior Jake Heaps as both worked to prove they are the man for the job to coach Charlie Weis. Cozart had the most success of the two, finishing the day with 6-10 through the air for 58 yards and 70 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. His production was complimented by senior running back Brandon Bourbon who added 96 yards of his own.

“Definitely a confidence booster, without the coaches’ help and support from my players, I wouldn’t be able to have the plays I did today – like going for 60 yards,” said Cozart. “I feel like giving the plays to those guys, I couldn’t do it without them.”

Coach Weis was most impressed with Cozart’s presence in the pocket during the game.

Kansas Jayhawks Head Football Coach Charlie Weis (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)
Kansas Jayhawks Head Football Coach Charlie Weis (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)

“I was pleased to see him sit in the pocket. We know he can bootleg and run on the edge, but it was good to see him show some poise in the pocket,” said Weis.

Overall Weis is still looking for improvement from his team in the months remaining both the regular season kicks off.

“We still have questions, but we also have a lot more answers now than we did in the beginning of the spring. We’ve implemented a new offense and we still have a ways to go, but I think it’s positive at this stage. We’ve got to continue raising the bar around here,” said Weis.

The annual spring game is unique to the normal set of rules one would see during a regular season game but is used to give the players live action and a game-like atmosphere.

It is the finale of the spring practices and helps give the coaches one last look at their players on the field before summer workouts begin. Also, it is a great opportunity for fans to get a dose of football during the middle of the off-season schedule.

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