Kansas Jayhawks Losing Quarterback Depth with Turner Baty Departure

By Kris Hughes
Matthew Emmons – USA TODAY SPORTS


Charlie WeisKansas Jayhawks will need all the help they can get as 2013 progresses and they prepare for another Big 12 season in which they will try to get off of the skids and be more competitive.

It appears they will be doing so with less quarterback depth, as sophomore quarterback Turner Baty will be transferring away from the program– actually returning to the City College of San Francisco program from which he transferred to Kansas just a year ago. You certainly don’t see that every day.

Baty would have added some nice depth among the signal callers in Lawrence, among which we’re likely to see as much as a four-man race for the starting job between redshirt sophomore Michael Cummings, former BYU transfer Jake Heaps who will be eligible this season after sitting out a year due to transfer, and possibly true freshmen Jordan Darling and Montell Cozart who are committed to Kansas but have yet to sign letters of intent.

From what I’ve been able to gather, Heaps could enter the competition in Lawrence this spring as the front-runner, due as much to his reputation during his time in Provo, as the inability of Cummings to get much done during the 2012 season when given the opportunity to do so.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Turner Baty. Transferring from a junior college, to a Division I program, then back again certainly isn’t the normal career path for an aspiring quarterback — but perhaps it is the path that’s best for him and will lead to a better future in 2014 when I’m sure he’ll be trying to make his way back into the DI ranks somewhere.

Regardless, the quarterback picture is as murky as ever in Lawrence, and Charlie Weis will need to get a handle on it soon if the Jayhawks have any chance of improving upon a 1-11 finish in 2012 this fall.

Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports. You can follow Kris on TwitterGoogle Plus and Facebook

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