LAWRENCE — The surest prediction: The Kansas Jayhawks will start a quarterback this Saturday against Texas at Memorial Stadium.
For now, KU coach Charlie Weis is staying quiet on whether that will be senior Dayne Crist, who started Kansas’ first six games, or redshirt freshman Michael Cummings, who started and logged the majority of the snaps in a 52-7 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday. But here’s one change: Weis said he’ll likely declare a starter on Tuesday during his weekly press conference.
“We’ll probably pick one over the other,” Weis said Sunday.
Weis said the decision will be made based on past results — and who gives Kansas the best chance against Texas. Cummings finished 10 for 21 for 111 yards while throwing two interceptions against Oklahoma. Crist, meanwhile, has completed just 49.5 percent (91 for 184) of his passes this season while failing to give Kansas’ offense a needed jolt after transferring from Notre Dame for his final college season.
Crist’s history with Weis, along with the senior-versus-freshman dichotomy, has made this a sensitive situation to handle.
"He wasn’t happy,” Weis said of Crist. “But who was happy? Who walked away from that game happy? Hopefully, no one’s happy.”
Weis then mentioned being with the New England Patriots when a young Tom Brady took Drew Bledsoe’s starting position.
“If you want a fifth-year senior and a redshirt freshman, how about Bledsoe and Brady?” Weis said. “That’s as close a comparison as I can give. That’s a second-year guy who was playing for the first time in his career and a guy who had played for a decade.
“Yeah, we’ve dealt with these situations before. No matter what way you handle it, it’s never easy for the coaching staff or the players.”
On Saturday, Cummings mostly played out of a bunched formation that played off his running ability. Weis said Sunday that Cummings should be able to do more in the offense as the season progresses.
“If Michael were the guy,” Weis said, “I think the offense would be quite expanded from where it was the first week. Remember now, this is the first time the kid has (started), and he’s going to Norman against a top-flight team. The last thing you want to do is have him have to think about a hundred different adjustments walking in there.”
Injury update — Weis said that senior center Trevor Marrongelli was fine after going down during Saturday’s game and missing a few plays. Senior receiver D.J. Beshears will continue to be out with a shoulder injury, while senior receiver Daymond Patterson (head) could possibly return this week.