Week 1: Indiana State vs. Kansas
Arguably Kansas’ best prospect on the offensive side Hakeem Adeniji, showed his leadership in pregame warmups as the emotional leader of the team while getting his fellow Jayhawks hyped. Adeniji is a four-year starter with the size, athleticism, play strength and demeanor to succeed in the NFL, whether it’s at left tackle or another position.
On the defensive side, cornerback Hasan Defense began the scoring with a pick-6 early in the opening quarter. Defense – who may have the most appropriate last name in the whole NCAA – has that DB swag that press corners need in the NFL, but he made a costly error later in the game letting his emotions get the best of him. Defensive end Darrius Moragne made his NFL case as he was a constant menace for the Sycamores, recording seven total tackles, including one sack.
Strong safety Bryce “The Tornado” Torneden led all Kansas DBs in tackles (five) and unbound energy in pursuit of the football. Torneden, who the coaches and staff rave about from a character/toughness/preparation standpoint, has the makings of an NFL special teams standard bearer, and a lot of that will come down to how fast he can run his 40.
Free safety Mike Lee – who can be a human missile from the defensive backfield – recorded four tackles and one pass breakup, showing good anticipation for the ball’s arrival. Outside linebacker Azur Kamara is making the transition from hand-in-the-dirt DE to stand-up OLB and picked up his production as the game wore on, recording two tackles, including one sack.
For Indiana State, QB Ryan Boyle lacks prototypical NFL size but has an above average arm to make his case to be a backup QB. One of the best-looking players on the field physically, middle linebacker Jonas Griffith was second on the team with five total tackles, displaying good straight-line speed chasing down ball carriers. While he makes the defensive calls and flashed with his range, I’d like to see him play more violently with his hands and factor in the run game on the other side of the line of scrimmage.