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Najee Stevens-McKenzie

Position Outside Linebacker
Height 6'3''
Weight 215 lbs.
Class Senior
Hometown Cleveland, Ohio
High School Bedford HS
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Career Honors: 2018: Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (spring).

2019 (Sr.): Indiana State: Saw playing time but did not record any stats … Coastal Carolina: Contributed three solo tackles to the Jayhawks’ defensive effort against the Chanticleers … Also had two tackles-for-loss (TFL) … at Boston College: Made his first start of the season at linebacker in Chestnut Hill … Tallied five tackles (two solo, three assisted against the Eagles, a new career high … Also recorded one TFL of two yards … West Virginia: Made a then-career high five tackles against the Mountaineers … Credited with 0.5 sack for a loss of three yards, another Kansas career best … Also registered 1.5 TFLs for a loss of four WVU yards … at TCU: Set a new career best at KU in tackles with a total of six (five solo, one assisted) … Oklahoma: Picked off one of Jalen Hurt’s passes at the beginning of the fourth quarter, which tied his Kansas career high … Made two solo tackles against the Sooners … at Texas: Picked off his first pass of the season in the fourth quarter, good for his third interception as a Jayhawk … Returned the INT two yards … Also contributed four solo tackles against the nationally ranked Longhorns to help lead KU’s defensive effort in Austin … Texas Tech: Matched his season and career highs in tackles with six (all solos) in the Jayhawks’ 37-34 Homecoming win over the Red Raiders … Also broke up the first pass of his season and KU career … Kansas State: Made two solo stops on defense for KU in the annual Dillons Sunflower Showdown … at Oklahoma State: Recorded a pair of solo tackles against the nationally ranked Cowboys in Stillwater … Also had one TFL for an OSU loss of two yards … at Iowa State: Tallied four total tackles (three solo and one assisted) against the Cyclones … Also had 1.0 TFL in Ames (for a loss of two yards) … Baylor: Closed out his Kansas career with four tackles against the nationally ranked Bears, three solo and one assisted … Also registered 1.0 TFL for a loss of two yards.

2018 (Jr.): Played in 11 games on the defensive line and special teams … Tallied one tackle and recorded an interception, which he returned four yards … Rutgers: Recorded his first-career tackle as a Jayhawk … at Baylor: Did not see any action … Texas: Recorded his first-career interception.

2016-17 (RFr.-So. at ASA College): Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com … Earned First Team All-Northeast Conference in 2017 … Credited with 33 total tackles, including a team-best 12.5 tackles-for-loss … Also registered 9.5 sacks and a blocked kick on the season … Helped lead the Avengers to a 9-1 overall record and a win in the Valley of the Sun Bowl as a sophomore … Suited up for head coach Joe Osovet at ASA.

2015 (Fort Scott CC): Spent the season as a redshirt.

High School: Helped lead Bedford HS to the a regional and conference title in 2014 … Had 67 tackles, 10 TFLs, eight sacks and nine quarterback hurries during the 2014 season … Received special mention all-district … Posted a career-best six sacks in one game … Played for head coach Sean Williams at BHS … Also lettered three years in basketball, and track & field.

Personal: Son of MaeEllenn McKenzie … Has one sister, Lily … Plans to major in criminal justice … Chose Kansas over offers from Iowa State, Maryland, Missouri, Pittsburgh, UCF, Bowling Green and Toledo.