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Two projected key players given the boot by Kansas, another retires

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New Kansas head coach David Beaty will have quite a challenge ahead of him this fall, but it is all about changing the culture surrounding the Kansas football program. Beaty has dismissed two players that were otherwise expected to play a key role for his offense this fall. Last season’s leading rusher, Corey Avery, and wide receiver Rodriguez Coleman have been dismissed from the Jayhawks program.

Both players were suspended indefinitely prior to the spring game for violations of team rules. It was unknown at the time of the spring game whether either player would return to the field in a Kansas uniform, but that question has now been answered. Avery was the leading rusher for the Jayhawks last fall, rushing for 631 yards and five touchdowns as a freshman. Coleman had three catches for 37 yards in 2014.

In addition to the dismissal of Avery and Coleman, Kansas has also announced the retirement of linebacker Jake Love. The medical reasons for his retirement have not been mentioned.

“We are going miss his leadership and tenacity on the field, but we will also miss having a guy out there with the experience he has playing in the Big 12,” Beaty said in a released statement. “With that said, nothing is more important than his health and him being able to have a long, productive future outside of football.”

Love was fourth on the Kansas defense in tackles last season and was another player expected to play a key role at his position this fall.

Kansas spring game sees starting QB injured, leading rusher suspended

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It was quite a disastrous afternoon for the Kansas Jayhawks. Not only was a starting quarterback injured, but two more players were confirmed to be suspended for violations of team rules.

Michael Cummings limped off the field with the assistance of the team’s medical staff. He had taken a low hit by safety Michael Glatczak, but the severity of the injury is not yet known. Kansas head coach David Beaty said it was too early to start discussing how the future of Cummings looks. Cummings was the leading passer for Kansas in 2014 with 1,715 yards and nine touchdowns.

Two other players with an uncertain future right now at Kansas are wide receiver Rodriguez Coleman and running back Corey Avery. Beaty said both players have been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules, and it is unknown when or if either player will return to the program. Avery was the leading rusher for the Jayhawks last fall, rushing for 631 yards and five touchdowns as a freshman. Coleman had three catches for 37 yards in 2014.