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Kansas names Michael Cummings starting quarterback over Dayne Crist

After a disappointing season and a brief carousel, Kansas coach Charlie Weis has declared Michael Cummings his starting quarterback.

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The shuffling is over, it seems, for Kansas Jayhawks quarterbacks. Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis has named freshman Michael Cummings his starter for Saturday's game against the Texas Longhorns, benching senior transfer Dayne Crist. Both quarterbacks saw action in last Saturday's 52-7 manhandling at the hands of the Oklahoma Sooners, but Crist's snaps numbered in the single digits. Cummings has thrown just 35 passes this season, 21 of those coming against Oklahoma.

Crist and Weis have a history, as Weis was responsible for recruiting the Canoga Park, Calif. product to Notre Dame and convincing him to transfer to Kansas after last season. But with Crist failing to defeat an FBS opponent or surpass 200 yards passing more than once this season, it has become clear Weis needs to start preparing for next season.

No doubt Cummings will compete for the starting job next spring, but Kansas does have BYU transfer Jake Heaps waiting in the wings. Going forward, Charlie Weis is going to need production from the quarterback position if Kansas is going to become relevant in the Big 12.