David Beaty is leaving nothing to chance.
The Kansas coach — still in search of his first victory — says he will not announce a starting quarterback this week before his team’s season opener against Rhode Island.
“You’ll see someone run out there Saturday,” Beaty said during Monday’s Big 12 teleconference. “Whenever that guy gets on the field, that’ll be the guy that takes the field.”
Sophomore Ryan Willis and junior Montell Cozart have been battling for the position throughout the fall, with Willis appearing to be the team’s top QB during drills at the team’s open practice on Aug. 20.
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Beaty’s decision shows just how seriously he is taking his first team’s game against Rhode Island — a Championship Subdivision that has gone 5-41 in its last four seasons. One sportsbook has the Jayhawks as a 29-point favorite.
“We have an advantage. We know who’s going to play quarterback for us, and whenever we send that guy out there, we’ll know exactly what we’re going to do with them,” Beaty said. “That’s the advantage that we’re going to carry, and we’re going to carry that all the way into the game. I’m not going to give that advantage away.”
Beaty wasn’t the only Big 12 coach facing quarterback questions Monday. Texas coach Charlie Strong said he would not announce his team’s signal-caller until Sunday’s game against Notre Dame, while Kansas State coach Bill Snyder declared Jesse Ertz would start Friday at Stanford.
When asked if he would tell the team his QB choice before the game, Beaty said: “We might. We might not.”
KU will host Rhode Island at 6 p.m. Saturday.
“We’ve got to go earn that game just like any other game that we play in,” Beaty said. “It just happens to be the first one, which makes it ultra-important for us.”
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