The Kansas Jayhawks’ hapless season came to an end on November 30 when the Kansas State Wildcats marched into Lawrence to blowout the Jayhawks, 31-10. Kansas concluded the season with a 3-9 record and one conference win.
Although Kansas improved by two games from the previous year and shattered its 27-game conference losing streak, Kansas coach Charlie Weis has made very limited progress in his two years with the program.
In fact, previous head coach Turner Gill managed to win five games in two years compared to Weis’ four wins in 2012 and 2013.
Going into his third season with Kansas, Weis is going to rely on veterans to pull through during the 2014 season.
“We have a lot of older guys coming back,” Weis said. “They have been here for a couple of years under me. When you have players who have been under the system for a couple of years, that usually bodes well in your next uptake in performance.”
Weis said that the team still has a lot of room to grow, but sees potential with the team as well.
Even players leaving the program see the Jayhawks moving in the right direction.
“Things didn’t work out our way,” said senior safety Dexter Linton. “But I definitely felt a positive vibe, especially with the team. It starts with the team and everything else will fall in to place.”
The biggest question surrounding Kansas is at the quarterback spot. Freshman Montell Cozart received significant playing time in the second half of the season, but there is uncertainty in his future.
Cozart started in the team’s season finale, but was pulled after three drives after struggling to move the ball after three drives. Weis inserted redshirt junior Jake Heaps and played him for a majority of the game, only to put Cozart back in late in the fourth quarter during the blowout.
“If Montell is going to go forward as the lead guy, we’re going to have to be more efficient in the passing game,” Weis said.
Weis confirmed over the weekend that Rice offensive coordinator John Reagan will replace Tim Grunhard as the offensive line coach and will also serve as the team’s offensive coordinator.
Reagan returns to Kansas after serving as an offensive coordinator for Rice, helping the Owls capture the Conference USA championship this past weekend. Reagan was with the Jayhawks as an offensive assistant from 2005-09.