With Kansas off to a 1-5 start, it's not surprising coach Charlie Weis has started to shift the focus of his team to next season. He has already begun holding practices without seniors and with a game against Oklahoma looming Saturday, Weis has also decided it's time to get freshman quarterback Michael Cummings more playing time.
So Weis plans to have both Cummings and senior Dayne Crist play quarterback on Saturday.
“I think that Michael deserves an opportunity to play, based off of his recent performance,” Weis told The Kansas City Star. “Both of the quarterbacks have been informed that they're gonna play. They know what we have available to them.”
Cummings has seen time in each of Kansas' last two games, completing 7 of 14 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. He's more mobile than Crist, though Weis points out that Cummings is still a strong-armed pocket quarterback.
Now, odds are it doesn't matter which quarterback plays for Kansas, Oklahoma will likely win Saturday, but this is the best move for Weis to make right now.
Frankly, a part of me wonders if Cummings shouldn't just become the starter for the rest of the season. Crist came as a transfer from Notre Dame to play this year, but he won't be back in 2013 and hasn't been very good at all in 2012.
Through six games, Crist is completing only 49.4 percent of his passes and has thrown three touchdowns to go with seven interceptions. It's hard to imagine Cummings doing any worse, even as a freshman.