LAWRENCE, KS - SEPTEMBER 03: Steven Sims Jr. #11 of the Kansas Jayhawks celebrates with his team after scoring a touchdown against the Rhode Island Rams defense in the first half on September 3, 2016 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images) Steven Sims Jr.

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 54: Kansas LT Hakeem Adeniji

Posted July 10th, 2017

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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.

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Previous encounters

Of Adeniji’s 22 knock-down blocks last fall, six of them came against the Longhorns.

Catch up on the series

No. 100: Joel Lanning

No. 99: Tony Nicholson

No. 98: Da’Leon Ward

No. 97: Taylor Martin

No. 96: Kyler Murray

No. 95: Davion Hall

No. 94: Mike Warren

No. 93: Al-Rasheed Benton

No. 92: Carter Stanley

No. 91: Chris Bradley

No. 90: Justin Holmes

No. 89: Alex Barnes

No. 88: Daniel Wise

No. 87: Jesse Aniebonam

No. 86: Cole Walterscheid

No. 85: Shane Cockerille

No. 84: Martell Pettaway

No. 83: David Long

No. 82: Niko Small

No. 81: Cameron Batson

No. 80: Mike Lee

No. 79: Marcelias Sutton

No. 78: Carlos Strickland

No. 77: Anu Solomon

No. 76: Deshaunte Jones

No. 75: Byron Pringle

No. 74: LaQuvionte Gonzalez

No. 73: Zach Sinor

No. 72: Derrick Willies

No. 71: David Montgomery

No. 70: Dylan Cantrell

No. 69: Matt Boermeester

No. 68: Nick Orr

No. 67: Zach Smith

No. 66: Chad Whitener

No. 65: D.J. Moore

No. 64: Jermaine Carter Jr.

No. 63: Ty Summers

No. 62: Jacob Park

No. 61: Daylon Charlot

No. 60: Brendan Moore

No. 59: Brian Peavy

No. 58: Chris Hawkins

No. 57: Ty Johnson

No. 56: Dravon Askew-Henry

No. 55: Michael Pittman Jr.

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