The Kansas Jayhawks have won just nine games the past four seasons, and expectations in Lawrence are not exactly high. However, former Texas A&M and Kansas wide receiver coach David Beaty was tabbed as head coach this offseason. His recruiting ties in Texas were a big reason for the hire, and Jayhawk fans at the very least are hoping for some improvement.
If the spring game Saturday was any indication, Kansas may have a long way to go.
The 2008 Orange Bowl champs lost their starter Michael Cummings to a knee injury during the game, and Beaty announced that running back Corey Avery (the team’s leading rusher from a season ago), and Rodriguez Coleman, the most experienced returning wide receiver, were suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.
The team has not released a statement on the severity of Cummings’ injury, but he is considered by most to be the leading candidate to start behind center this season after throwing 1,715 and nine touchdowns after being named the starter in Week 5.
Avery, a freshman this past season, rushed for 631 yards and five touchdowns while averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Coleman had just three receptions for 37 yards. However, he was projected to play a larger role this season after Kansas lost pass catchers Nigel King, Justin McCay, and Nick Harwell.
Of course, anytime Rodriguez is mentioned it’s a good time to bring up one of the most interesting plays of the 2014 college football season. Coleman’s “kick interception.”
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