Kansas vs. Oklahoma State: KU Seniors That May Lose Snaps to Youngsters

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Kansas vs. Oklahoma State: KU Seniors That May Lose Snaps to Youngsters
Scott Sewell-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis made waves and received harsh criticism from the national media following a practice on Sunday in which he worked with no seniors, a move many called disrespectful to his players.

Following a second half meltdown in Manhattan, in which Weis inserted redshirt freshman quarterback Michael Cummings for his golden boy and former Golden Domer Dayne Crist, the look to 2013 began almost immediately. 

Without question Crist has been a major disappointment and a big reason for their 1-4 start, particularly in their two close losses to Rice and Northern Illinois. 

Weis made it clear that the practice method used on Sunday was to separate the players that will be on the team next year from the players that will not be on the team next year.  The previously mentioned whispers of disrespect are understandable and controversial, but are Kansas fans legitimately expecting them to win more than 1-2 additional games in a transition season? 

Following the bland risk-free regime of Turner Gill that produced no optimism outside of an impressive victory over Georgia Tech in 2010, the Jayhawk faithful should be willing to swallow tough, risky decisions by Weis and Co. 

Who wasn't blown away by a fake punt and fake field goal call on the same drive last Saturday?

Nineteen Kansas starters are upperclassmen: 13 seniors and 6 juniors.  Tanner Hawkinson, Bradley McDougald and Daymond Patterson have provided consistency for four seasons, but the future of the KU program does not lie in their hands.

Cummings is just one youngster that could see additional playing time this weekend when Oklahoma State rolls into Lawrence...

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