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86 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Hillard Cozine

In which BracketCat counts down the 86th day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State tight end Hillard Cozine.

#86 Justin Swift
By wearing No. 86, tight end Hillard Cozine’s uniform could conjure up memories of past greats such as Justin Swift (86) and Brian Casey.

NOTE: Kansas State has elected to advance players’ classification even though the 2020 season did not affect eligibility. Those who wish to take advantage of this extra year will be listed as a (“super”) senior again after their original eligibility would have been exhausted.

#86 Hillard Cozine

True Junior | 6-4 | 266 lbs. | Wichita, Kansas
Hillard Cozine
Hillard Cozine
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Tight End
  • Previous College: Butler Community College
  • Projection: Scout Team
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Jack Hillard Cozine (b. July 5, 1999) is a preferred walk-on tight end from Wichita, by way of the community college level, who currently is majoring in finance.

Last year at this time, I suggested he still would have four years to play three, but he did not see any game action in 2020 and yet K-State advanced his eligibility to junior status without any mention of a redshirt, which I can only assume he would have used, were one available.

Thus, I surmise Cozine must have redshirted in 2018 at Butler Community College, where he played under head coach Tim Schaffner during the 2019 season.

He totaled four catches for 24 yards on the year as he helped the Grizzlies to earn a 10-3 record, a win in the Midwest Classic Bowl and a final No. 5 national ranking.

Cozine, who prepped with current K-State offensive lineman Ben Adler, played under head coach Jared McDaniel at Trinity Academy in Wichita, where he caught 37 passes for 595 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior.

He also earned honorable mention all-state honors with the Knights from The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle.

At Butler, Cozine played with current K-State teammates Dawson Delforge and and Taiten Winkel, as well as former teammates Parker Bruce and the late Derick Newton.