University of Kansas

KU quarterback situation up in the air as Jayhawks prepare for Iowa State

Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley.
Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley. Associated Press

Backup quarterback Carter Stanley led Kansas to a pair of second-half touchdown drives Saturday, but it’s yet to be determined whether he will start for KU in its upcoming home game against Iowa State.

KU coach David Beaty said Monday that starting quarterback Montell Cozart was going through concussion protocol and more on his status would be known later in the week.

“We’re going to continue to get them all ready to go,” Beaty said, “and whoever gives us the best chance to win will be the guy.”

Stanley, who entered late in the third quarter of Saturday’s 48-21 loss to West Virginia, completed 9 of 11 passes for 127 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

“He gave us a great spark in that game the other day,” Beaty said. “I think the thing that sticks out to me is it was almost a tale of two halves for us offensively.”

KU’s underlying numbers were respectable. The Jayhawks gained 6 yards per play, which was their most in a Big 12 road game since 2008.

“That is more indicative of what we’re looking for,” Beaty said. “Unfortunately, we waited until the second half to get it done.”

Stanley was in for two of KU’s touchdown possessions, leading 74- and 80-yard drives.

“Even though he hasn’t been a starter, he has prepared each week, and I’ve seen him get better at that throughout the weeks,” Beaty said. “He’s continued to keep a complete positive outlook in terms of when his opportunity comes and when his number gets called.”

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