RCW: Faces in the Crowd 3.1

Offensive Line | 6-4 | 265 | Fr.
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Technically sound and strong, Hakeem Adeniji may have snuck onto campus but his play on the offensive line may have his name and number called sooner than most would expect. The true freshman from Garland (Texas) High School, the prep alma mater of head coach David Beaty, has spent a significant amount of time with the first team offensive line and is an available candidate to handle right tackle. At 6-foot-4, 265 pounds, he has room to add weight, but the way he plays the position and uses his strength earned him all-district honors and have translated to success on the Kansas practice field throughout fall camp.

Defensive End | 6-4 | 210 | Fr.
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Long and lean, Bean is only scratching the surface of what he might become as he adds weight and strength throughout his Kansas career, but his impact on the field might come sooner than later. Bean was primarily an offensive player before transitioning to defensive end and flipping quarterbacks to the tune of 14 sacks as a senior at Houston’s Summer Creek High School. Bean made plays all over the field with 70 total tackles and he hasn’t stopped throughout an impressive fall camp debut. In the pass happy Big 12 Conference, there’s no shortage of need for an effective rush end and Bean will one day become a contributor, maybe even this season. 


Running Back | 5-11 | 215 | Jr.-TR
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Evans earned his bachelor’s degree in three years at Arkansas and arrived in Lawrence as a graduate transfer looking for higher education and higher production levels on the field. A member of the Razorbacks’ crowded backfield, Evans saw limited action in two seasons in Fayetteville after rushing for more than 2,300 yards as a senior at Bellaire High School in the Houston area. Evans brings experience and size – he’s listed at 5-feet-11, 215 pounds, both near KU’s tops at running back – and will add needed depth as Kansas tries to spell returning leading rusher Ke’aun Kinner (566 yards) while young backs Taylor Martin and Kahlil Herbert find their stride.

Safety | 5-10 | 185 | Fr.
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Few players have seen the meteoric rise that Torneden has in the past 10 months. The Lawrence, Kansas native has gone from overlooked FCS commit to hometown BCS offer holder and could potentially be a first-year contributor in Kansas’ defensive back field after showing up in top shape and turning heads in his first fall camp. Torneden played both ways for Free State High School last year, accounting for nearly 2,500 yards of offense while rushing for 12 touchdowns and throwing for 11 more. On defense, he tallied 84 stops and four interceptions while earning Second Team All-State honors from USA Today. He’s found a home at safety where his athleticism and hard hits could make him the second Firebird to see time as a true freshman in the past three years (Joe Dineen).