Sendish’s American Team Falls 26-14 in 2015 Medal of Honor Bowl
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas safety Cassius Sendish helped the American team to an early 14-3 lead, but the National team had a strong second half as it went on to win the second-annual Medal of Honor Bowl Saturday afternoon at Johnson Hagood Stadium on the campus of The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.
Sendish, who was credited with three solo tackles in the game for the American squad, was active in the secondary and also saw a lot of time on special teams. He played under head coach Willie Jeffries, the former longtime South Carolina State head coach, and defensive backs coach Bobby Johnson, who most recently was the head coach at Vanderbilt from 2002-10.
“Both of my grandfathers served in the Korean War and earned Purple Hearts so playing in this game was truly an honor,” said Sendish, of the game that benefitted the Wounded Warrior project and the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. “Throughout the week of practice and also in the game, I think showed some things NFL scouts did not know I was fully capable of doing prior to this game. I definitely maximized my opportunity and really enjoyed the experience.”
Sendish started all 24 games of his two-year Kansas career at safety. He ranked third on the team in 2014 with 69 total tackles, including 57 solo stops. The Waldorf, Maryland native tallied four passes defended and 1.5 tackles-for-loss as a senior. He recorded one interception, which he returned 30 yards and he also picked up one fumble and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown at Oklahoma.
Sendish, who was voted a team captain for the 2014 season, was named KU’s Nolan Cromwell Award for Leadership winner following his senior campaign.
Sendish is the first of three Jayhawk players playing in postseason all-star games joining linebacker Ben Heeney (East-West Shrine Game, Jan. 17) and JaCorey Shepherd (Senior Bowl, Jan. 24).
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