Countdown to Kickoff: 86 days away with tight end Hillard Cozine

Leading up to the start of K-State's 2021 football season, the Collegian takes a look at what to expect and highlights every player on the roster. (Archive photo by Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

Hillard Cozine played under head coach Jared McDaniel at Trinity Academy High School, catching 37 passes for 595 yards and eight touchdowns his senior year. His efforts earned him honorable mention All-State honors from the Topeka Capital-Journal and the Wichita Eagle.

Cozine later played at Butler Community College under head coach Tim Schaffner. He recorded four catches for 24 yards his freshman year before transferring to Kansas State in December 2019 as a preferred walk-on.

Cozine has many connections to K-State. At Trinity Academy, he prepped with current K-State offensive lineman Ben Adler. He also played with offensive lineman Dawson Delforge and punter Taiten Winkel at Butler.

Cozine didn’t see any game action this past year, and he might have a tough time finding the field this season as well, being part of a lengthy depth-filled tight end room.

However, with Cozine’s size, he could become a big body to help block in the run game for K-State this season.