The path of Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Michael Cummings continues to be bumpy. In the team’s spring game this past weekend, the junior injured his knee and was helped off the field despite wearing a red non-contact jersey. Earlier today, it was reported on Jayhawk Slant that Cummings would require surgery.
Head coach David Beaty elaborated on the state of the injury as well as the play on which it occurred.
“Michael sustained a left knee injury that is going to require surgery. Following his surgery he will work diligently, alongside our medical staff, to get back to the field as quickly as possible.
“It was a complete freak accident. I have reviewed the film from Saturday and Michael Glatczak (the player who made the tackle) was being blocked down the field and had his back to the action for almost the entire play. At the last second he turned to make the tackle without having any idea who was carrying the ball. He is a great kid, a great teammate and again it was just a very unfortunate accident.”
Cummings had an up-and-down season last year, not seeing significant playing time until Week 5 against West Virginia thanks to sophomore Montell Cozart being benched.
On the year, he threw for 1,715 yards and nine touchdowns as the Jayhawks finished 3-9 (1-8 Big 12), putting them at second to last place in the Big 12 Conference.
This injury now paves the way for Cozart to reclaim his starting job and also lights a fire under Cummings to rehab his knee and get well quickly.
If he can do that and improve his game enough, he could easily be the man to bring Jayhawks football out of the doldrums and back to prominence for the first time since former coach Mark Mangino led the team to a 12-1 record in 2007.
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