For the last two weeks, we’ve been taking a look at each of the seniors on this roster, highlighting 8 out of the 25 in part 1 of this series last week and another 9 in part 2. Today, we’ll finish up with the last 8 seniors suiting up for the Kansas Jayhawks this year. We’ll do a quick recap of each player’s KU career to date and try to predict what you can expect this year.
#74 Clyde McCauley III, OL from Arlington, TX
McCauley has seen action in 28 games over his three years at KU at offensive tackle, blocking tight end and special teams. He redshirted his sophomore year in 2016.
McCauley started the spring game at right tackle, the spot where Kevin Feder started every game last season. I have a hard time believe that a competent starter from last season would lose his spot, but it isn’t completely out of the question. I expect McCauley to at least be a rotational piece early in the season, and then who knows how much playing time he is able to earn.
#75 Antione Frazier - OL from Huffman, TX
Like McCauley, Frazier saw time as a rotational piece on the offensive line and special teams, playing in 24 games over his 3 year career.
Frazier joins McCauley and Feder as lineman who have spent the majority of their time at right tackle. It will be difficult to figure out who exactly is going to get playing time throughout the year, but I think all of them will have an opportunity at some point during the season.
#77 Andru Tovi - OL from Halawa, HI
Tovi came to Kansas in 2017 after one year at Pima CC, where he started all 10 games at right guard. He shifted to left guard for the 2017 season with 8 starts. Last year, he played in all 12 games with 6 starts. He spent time at both left guard and center.
In the spring game, Tovi served as the backup at center to junior Api Mane, who is expected to be the starter this season. I could see Tovi being used as depth at center or either guard position, but I wouldn’t expect him to get a lot of playing time this year unless something changes significantly in camp or there is an injury.
#78 Hakeem Adeniji - OL from Garland, TX
Adeniji has been a solid presence in his time at KU, starting all 36 games in his first three season. He has played both right tackle and left tackle, settling in as the presumed starter on the left side.
He was named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-Big 12 First Team and is expected to be the rock along this offensive line. I expect him to be fairly productive this season, and he will be crucial in opening up the running game for this team.
#82 James Sosinski - TE from Chandler, AZ
Sosinski is best known for his time as a walk-on for the 2017-18 men’s basketball team, as he has only seen the field in 4 games and has yet to record a stat.
With how crowded the tight end position is on this team (7 players on the roster), it’s anyone’s guess who actually will see time this season. In all seriousness, I’m actually hoping that he gets added to the basketball roster again this season so he can be honored on senior night.
#90 Jelani Brown - DT from San Jose, CA
Brown joined the Jayhawks from College of San Mateo last season. Last season, he played on the defensive line in all 12 games, recording 6 tackles (5 solo).
I’ve yet to find Brown mentioned in any of the defensive line breakdowns floating around the web, but all of them were written prior to the legal trouble that Malcolm Lee found himself in. I still wouldn’t expect big things from Brown this season, but he has a chance to be rotational depth or potentially contribute on special teams this year.
#94 Cody Cole III - DE from Ypsilanti, MI
Cole joined the Jayhawks from Butler CC, where he earned Honorable Mention All-KJCCC honors in 2017. Last season, he appeared in all 12 games, recording 8 tackles (4 solo, 2 TFL, 1 sack).
Given the uncertainty on the D-line, with 4 players just now starting to integrate into the team, it’s difficult to know if Cole is going to have an opportunity to get significant minutes.
#97 Darius Moragne - DE from Holland, MI
Moragne joined the Jayhawks from Arizona Western College. Played in all 12 games last season, starting against Oklahoma State. He recorded 6 tackles (1 TFL) and played at both defensive end and on special teams.
Moragne played well in the spring game, and seems to be in line to get a decent shot this season. I would expect to see quite a bit of him early in the season, with an excellent opportunity to solidify his position as the season progresses.
And that is all of the seniors on the roster. Now that we’ve gone through them all, which senior do you think is going to have an unexpected breakout season?