Kansas’ Michael Cummings hurt in spring game, needs surgery

NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 22: Quarterback Michael Cummings #14 of the Kansas Jayhawks scrambles under pressure against the Oklahoma Sooners November 22, 2014 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Jayhawks 44-7. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 22: Quarterback Michael Cummings #14 of the Kansas Jayhawks scrambles under pressure against the Oklahoma Sooners November 22, 2014 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Jayhawks 44-7. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Kansas quarterback Michael Cummings needs surgery on his injured left knee, Jayhawks head coach David Beaty announced Monday.

Cummings, Kansas’ returning starter, was injured during the team’s spring game on Saturday on a low hit from safety Michael Glatczak.

“Michael sustained a left knee injury that is going to require surgery,” Beaty said in a statement. “Following his surgery he will work diligently, alongside our medical staff, to get back to the field as quickly as possible.”

Cummings was wearing a red non-contact jersey for the game. Beaty said Glatczak’s hit was a “complete freak accident.”

“I have reviewed the film from Saturday and Michael Glatczak was being blocked down the field and had his back to the action for almost the entire play,” Beaty said. “At the last second he turned to make the tackle without having any idea who was carrying the ball. He is a great kid, a great teammate and again it was just a very unfortunate accident.”

Cummings, a rising senior, threw for 1,715 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions in seven starts for the Jayhawks in 2014. He also had 172 yards and four touchdowns rushing. While the program announced that his injury requires surgery, no other specifics regarding the injury or Cummings’ timetable for a return were provided.

Cummings was competing to keep the starting role for the 2015 season with Montell Cozart. Cozart, a rising junior, was the Jayhawks’ starter at the beginning of the 2014 season before being benched in favor of Cummings after making five starts.

Cozart threw for 701 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions. Cozart also started three games for the Jayhawks as a true freshman in 2013.

 

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