The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up.
Who is he?
Hakeem Adeniji will represent Kansas next week at Big 12 media days, barely a year after he arrived in Lawrence under extraordinary circumstances. Adeniji signed to play for Air Force, but was ineligible to attend the academy because of a cashew allergy. The news didn’t arrive in June, and Adeniji found a spot on the Jayhawks roster because his high school coach had recently accepted a job as KU’s director of personnel. (Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.) Despite arriving late and undersized at 265 pounds, Adeniji started all 12 games — switching from right tackle to left tackle midway through the season — and achieved All-Big 12 honorable mention status.
What should the Longhorns watch for?
Adeniji is now listed at 290 pounds, so if pushing him around was an option before it’s becoming increasingly more difficult. The offensive line as a whole struggled at times in 2016, but the Garland native’s experience and added weight should help shore things up in 2017.
Of Adeniji’s 22 knock-down blocks last fall, six of them came against the Longhorns.
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