Jayhawk football received some good news today. Quarterbacks Montell Cozart and Deondre Ford have been granted medical hardship waivers.
The waiver by the Big 12 Conference gives both players an extra year of eligibility leaving them both with two years of eligibility remaining.
I am extremely blessed and grateful to receive hardship waiver due to injury last year. An extra year of work! God speed #kufball
— Montell Cozart #⃣2⃣ (@M_Cozart2) April 20, 2016
Last season Cozart was originally back up QB to Michael Cummings, but after Cummings suffered a severe knee injury during the spring game, Cozart was bumped into the starting role. However, in week four of the season, he suffered a shoulder sprain that sidelined him the rest of the season.
Ford, the Jayhawks third-string quarterback, actually suffered his season-ending injury the week before Cozart suffered his. In the game against Rutgers, Cozart had flu-like symptoms, so Ford filled in. He injured his thumb during the game.
When Cozart went down in week four, the Jayhawks were left with just one option: Fourth-string quarterback, freshman Ryan Willis.
All three quarterback are fighting for the starting role this spring, However, Willis hurt his wrist playing a game of pickup basketball. He should be fully healthy by the fall. Hopefully, they can all remain that way.
“It is great to see the Big 12 is giving Montell and Deondre a year back after both of these guys had their junior seasons end prematurely,” coach David Beaty said in a statement. “They have worked tirelessly with our medical staff to get healthy and we are fortunate to have two more seasons with them in our program.”