Michael Cummings will get his chance against No. 10 Oklahoma.
So will senior Dayne Crist.
Kansas coach Charlie Weis announced Tuesday in his weekly news conference that both quarterbacks will see playing time in the Jayhawks’ game against the Sooners at 6 p.m. Saturday in Norman, Okla.
“I owe it to my team and I owe it to all the Kansas supporters to put the best product on the field,” Weis said. “I think Michael deserves an opportunity to play based off of his recent performance.”
Cummings, the former Killeen standout, orchestrated two scoring drives late in the second half Saturday and threw his first career touchdown pass to rally the Jayhawks in Kansas’ 20-14 loss to Oklahoma State.
Crist, the senior starter who transferred from Notre Dame to be with his former coach, was benched in the third quarter when the offense proved listless and unproductive.
Cummings, a redshirt freshman, threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jimmay Mundine and James Sims ran for a 30-yard score to cut the Cowboys’ 20-0 lead to 20-14 with just under nine minutes to play. Cummings and the Jayhawks had a chance to win the game late, but Cummings overthrew his receiver on a fourth-and-5 play and Oklahoma State was able to run out the clock after a roughing-the-punter penalty on its next possession.
“Well, he still would be significantly behind Dayne when it comes to reading coverages, but his handling of everything (has been good),” Weis said of Cummings. “Remember now, the kid hadn’t played in two years. ... I have to tell you, you get rusty not playing for real and I’m hoping his best football is ahead of him.”
Cummings completed five of 10 passes for 75 yards, but was credited for much of Kansas’ fourth-quarter spark, prompting the dual-quarterback approach this week against Oklahoma.
While Weis didn’t specifically say who will open the Jayhawks’ first offensive series and about how many plays each would expect to see, he did say both quarterbacks will run packages unique to their talent sets.
“Let’s hope that whoever goes in first is so great that it makes it impossible for me to want to put the second guy in. But I have to think, in a 60-minute game, there will probably come a time where I say, ‘OK, let’s flip over to this other package right here,’” Weis said.
“As a matter of fact, I’m fired up about this to see what this stuff looks like,” he added. “I haven’t been sleeping very well, but I’ve been drawing (plays) in the dirt now for the last 48 hours.”