KU Walk-on Football player steps up in Big 12 Tourney

KANSAS CITY, MO. (KWCH) -- When one player goes down, it's always next-man-up.

Udoka Azubuike sprained his MCL Tuesday, prior to the Big 12 Tournament. One of the many questions became: who would step up in his absence?

Next to no one answered James Sosinski, and with good reason. The sophomore was invited onto the team this year from the KU Football team, also where he plays as a walk-on.

The back-up tight end played basketball in his junior college days, but thought his collegiate career was over once he signed with KU.

"When I committed to kansas, yes, when I committed to kansas, I never expected this," he said. "But the situation ended up working. I just have been trying to work hard and it's obviously a blessing. I just hope we can keep winning and keep advancing."

Mitch Lightfoot has also been the beneficiary of Doke's injury. The sophomore forward has seen increased playing time and has increased responsibility as the starting forward. He saw the potential in Sosinski.

"He does a great job in practice and he does really well for us," he said. "If he can do it in practice against Doke, then why can't he do it against [opponents?] I felt like he played good defense. A couple of the calls didn't go his way, but James has been working his butt off and he deserves it."

Kansas will primarily play Mitch Lightfoot and freshman Silvio De Sousa, but this is proof that you never know what a Hall of Fame Coach has up his sleeve.