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Spring game review: Kansas

It was a rough day for Kansas.

The Jayhawks spring game was overshadowed by injury and suspensions as KU Blue defeated KU White 20-3 on Saturday.

Quarterback Michael Cummings went down with a knee injury (KU updated his status Monday, announcing he would need surgery), while running back Corey Avery and receiver Rodriguez Coleman were suspended indefinitely.

Outside of those setbacks, here’s a look at what happened:

Best offensive performance: Quarterback Montell Cozart was one of the offensive stars of the spring game for the second straight year. Cozart went 16 of 26 for 219 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The slate has been wiped clean for Cozart, and his solid performance could be even more important with Cummings’ injury setback.

“I think he did OK,” coach David Beaty said. “He was kind of up and down a little bit here and there. I'd like to see him continue to improve just in his fundamentals and footwork.”

Best defensive performance: Cornerback Ronnie Davis could end up having an impact on Clint Bowen’s defense. Davis recorded three pass breakups, 2.5 sacks and one tackle for loss. Davis played mostly special teams as a junior college transfer during his first season on campus in 2014 but could be positioning himself for a bigger role as a senior.

Best debut: Safety Bazie Bates looked like he could force himself into the lineup. The transfer from Trinity Valley (Texas) Junior College had a game-high six tackles, including five solo stops. The Jayhawks are replacing four players in the secondary, so Bates may be seizing his opportunity to become a contributor in the defensive backfield.

“He comes downhill and he will hit you,” Beaty said. “He can get you on the ground. He runs all over that field and he will strike you. We think that he should be a really good player for us."

Developing storyline: It’s pretty amazing for Cummings, who was wearing a non-contact red jersey, to go down in the spring game. Beaty called it a "complete freak accident" in a statement released Monday. Regardless, neither Cummings nor Cozart locked down the starting quarterback spot with freshmen Carter Stanley and Ryan Willis, who were recruited to run this offense, set to arrive in the summer. The Jayhawks quarterback battle should last deep into preseason camp.

Biggest question answered: Several questions still remain, but tight ends Ben Johnson and Kent Taylor look like they will be key parts of the Jayhawks attack. Taylor had an 85-yard touchdown reception late in the game, while Johnson was one of the standouts of the spring on offense. KU needs playmakers, so it's hard to imagine Beaty and company won’t put both tight ends on the field together this fall.

Quotable: “No, I don't think we've gotten everything that we hoped to, but I think we got a lot of the boxes checked.” -- Beaty, when asked if he accomplished what he wanted during the spring.