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68 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Bill Kuduk

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In which BracketCat counts down the 68th day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of offensive lineman Bill Kuduk.

#68 Luke Hayes
Although he played left tackle in high school, Bill Kuduk’s size and game remind me more of former guard Luke Hayes (68). Not coincidentally, this is the number Kuduk seems slated to wear.
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Bill Kuduk

True Freshman | 6-5 | 280 lbs. | Chicago, Illinois
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: On Scholarship

William Anthony Kuduk (b. Nov. 19, 1998) is an incoming guard prospect from Marist High School in Chicago, Illinois. He is the only non-Kansas signee in the offensive line class of 2017 and seems almost certain to redshirt this year, but his potential is strong.

A two-year letter-winner for the Redhawks under head coach Pat Dunne, Kuduk was rated the 29th-best prospect in the state of Illinois in the Class of 2017 by ESPN. He helped Marist to earn a combined 17-7 record over his junior and senior seasons.

Kuduk was selected to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, following the 2016 season. He picked up All-Midwest Region honors from PrepStar, earned all-conference honors as a senior, and also lettered three years in lacrosse earning defensive Most Valuable Player honors in 2015 and wrestling.

This one-time Central Michigan commit flipped last June after falling in love with Coach Charlie Dickey’s blue-collar, grind-it-out mentality, he told GoPowercat.com:

It might not be a sexy position group as in looks, but everybody knows it comes down to the offensive line on the football field.

Coach Dickey and the way K-State likes to run the ball and lean on its offensive linemen, control the time of possession, score touchdowns, and eat up the clock, that kind of mentality shows that K-State offensive linemen, while they might not be sexy, get their fair amount of love. They get to go downhill and move people.

Kuduk also credited starting tackles Scott Frantz and Dalton Risner for spearheading his recruitment at the player-to-player level:

I was over at Scott Frantz’s house on my official visit and Dalton came over, and they’re just what I’d expect from Dickey-coached offensive linemen.

They’re very knowledgeable and they’re really good guys. They’ll teach me. We’ll have those captain-run practices in the summer, so I’m really excited to get down in the summer and really shadow Dalton and Scott, and just improve my game.

Although the odds are against his seeing the field this season, Kuduk certainly has the right attitude:

The play of the offensive line makes me hungry. As an offensive line, you’re a group. I want to always be there with no missed alignments, and know my technique and everything. It makes me hungry to be the most knowledgeable offensive lineman on the field.

The excellent play of the offensive line this past year makes me want to excel even more, of course. There’s a (hunger) for perfection as it comes to the mental side of the game, while physically, it’s just fun to hit people, man. I already want to hit some people.

I already want to watch him hit some people. Don’t you after reading that?