Jayhawks Opened spring ball on Tuesday
Kansas will hit the road for the first time in 2012 when it plays at Northern Illinois Saturday.
Jayhawks and Horned Frogs will kick off at 11 a.m., with the game televised on FX.
Jayhawks look to improve 2-0 under first-year head coach Charlie Weis.
2012 (Jr.): Started all 12 games on the defensive line... Finished the season with 19 tackles, including an assisted TFL... Made four solo tackles against South Dakota State... Chipped in two assisted stops against TCU, including one behind the line of scrimmage... Recorded three tackles at Northern Illinois... Added two stops against Oklahoma State... Collected three stops at Baylor... Registered two solo tackles at Texas Tech.
2010-11 (At El Camino CC): Named to the California Community College Football Coaches Association All-America team and All-Region IV as a defensive tackle following his sophomore season at El Camino ... Unanimous selection as the 2011 All-Northern Conference Defensive Player of the Year by the SFCA... Started all 10 games as a sophomore... Tallied 58 total tackles, seven TFLs, five sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick in leading El Camino to an 8-2 record and an appearance in the National Bowl... Started all 10 games as a freshman at El Camino... Recorded 30 tackles, six TFLs, 3.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick in 2010... Coached by John Featherstone at El Camino CC.
High School: Recorded 86 tackles during his senior season at Mira Costa HS, including 66 solo tackles... Also had five sacks and two fumble recoveries... Named All-CIF and All-Bay League first team at defensive line as a senior.
Personal: Son of Nua and Will Tavai... The oldest of six children... Brother, J.R., plays football at USC... Also considered Texas Tech and Washington State.