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  • Jayhawks lose quarterback Cummings in annual spring game

    David Beaty's first spring game as coach at Kansas could have gone better.
        
    Senior quarterback Michael Cummings, who is fighting for the starting job, had to be helped off the field early in the second quarter after hurting his knee. Even though he was wearing a red jersey to prevent getting hit, Cummings was tackled by senior safety Michael Glatczak.
        
    "I'm not sure exactly what happened there," said Beaty, who was hired last fall to replace the fired Charlie Weis. "I was blocked on that deal. I've heard conflicting stories."
        
    Cummings had thrown for 43 yards before leaving the game, which the blue team made up mostly of first-team players won 20-7 over a white team comprised primarily of backups.
        
    Beaty said that Glatczak may have been blocked into Cummings, and that it was too early to tell the extent of the injury. Cummings was still being evaluated after the game.
        
    "He looked up at me and I said, 'Hey man, you OK?'" Beaty said. "He goes, 'Coach, he didn't mean to do it. He got pushed into me."
        
    Beaty said that the injury "looked like a complete freak accident."
        
    Meanwhile, two of the Jayhawks' top offensive playmakers never made it onto the field.
        
    Corey Avery, their top returning rusher and receiver, sat in the stands after he was suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules. Wide receiver Rodriguez Coleman, who was arrested last December, was also suspended from the team.
        
    Beaty said both suspensions are indefinite, and the future of both players is uncertain.
        
    The loss of Avery could be especially damaging. Not only did he have 848 yards total offense and six touchdowns as a freshman, the Jayhawks are also without backup running back De'Andre Mann, who missed Saturday's spring game with an undisclosed injury.
        
    Montell Cozart, who is competing with Cummings for the starting job, was 16 of 26 for 219 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for the blue team. TJ Millweard was just 2 of 8 for 12 yards with a touchdown toss to Sebastian Fairchild for the white team.
        
    Ryan Schadler ran for a game-high 45 yards on eight carries, while Shakiem Barbel and Kent Taylor hauled in touchdown passes from Cozart for the blue team.
        
    The Jayhawks, who have not had a winning season since 2008, are trying to build on a 3-9 finish a year ago. They open their season Sept. 5 against South Dakota State.

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    Kansas State coach Bill Snyder has been on the sidelines for enough spring games to know the difference between a crisp showing and a sloppy one.
        
    The Wildcat's game Saturday, which was moved to Sporting Park in suburban Kansas City due to renovations at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, fell into the latter category.
        
    "When the fans leave early," Snyder said, "that tells you that we were not very good."
        
    The first-team purple squad came away with a 55-24 win, but the Wildcats collectively turned the ball over four times and had several miscues on special teams that led to easy scores.
        
    "We'll somehow, someway become as good as we can," Snyder said. "We just didn't play well."
        
    Snyder's displeasure was the most obvious takeaway Saturday. Here are some more:
        
    QB QUESTIONS: Kansas State entered spring practice with a major question mark at quarterback position after the departure of Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist Jake Waters. If Saturday proved anything, it's that the job is still wide open.
        
    Experienced options Joe Hubener and Jesse Ertz struggled in the first half, with Ertz tossing a pick-six. Hubener also was picked off, though his attempt was tipped at the line.
        
    Alex Delton, a freshman who joined the program at the semester, made things interesting with his arm and legs after coming on in the second quarter. Delton ran 39 yards up the sideline on one read option. He later wowed the crowd with a 60-yard laser just out of reach of his target.
        
    "I'm always looking for all them to step up," Snyder said of his quarterbacks. "I want all of them to improve, but we were only 33 percent with that today."
        
    BURTON MAKES PLAYS: As a sophomore last season playing behind All-American wide receiver Tyler Lockett, Deante Burton finished with just 17 receptions for 171 yards.
        
    This season, Burton is the player who could be responsible to replace Lockett's production, and he got off to a good start Saturday. He had four catches for a team-high 107 yards, including a 46-yard catch in the first quarter.
        
    "You can never replace a guy like that," Burton said of Lockett. "My thing is that I push myself to be the best I can be and use him as a benchmark."
        
    OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: Prior to the game, Kansas State announced its list of captains for the 2015 season: Dante Barnett, Cody Whitehair, Travis Britz, Morgan Burns and Stanton Weber.
        
    Barnett, the lone returning captain, has started 28 games at safety. Whitehair, Britz and Burns have combined for 61 starts, while Weber has played in 34 games mostly on special teams.

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