KU football player, graduating senior, faces challenges in final semester due to COVID-19

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Posted at 5:24 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 18:24:57-04

LAWRENCE, Kan. — He has dreams of playing professional football, but now University of Kansas graduating senior Codey Cole III is facing challenges finishing up school and staying in football shape.

Like a lot of other KU students, Cole is in the process of completing those classes online.

While he's played his last football game at KU, the senior defensive end is on track to graduate at the end of the semester.

He said it's important to both him and his family to have a graduation ceremony, but Cole is resigned to the possibility there may not be one.

"it's sad that the people, the seniors, can't really walk as of right now," he said.

However, living in Lawrence currently, Cole said he's at an advantage some other KU students don't have.

"A lot of the people went out of state and didn't come back. They can access their online classes. But all the things they need, books and stuff like that is here. And KU is not allowing a lot of people back right now," he said.

As for his professional football dreams, Cole also is facing the challenge of finding a place to work out to stay in game shape.

"I guess you just got to go outside and try to jog and do push-ups and stuff. It is difficult with all the gyms closing down. I understand why, it's just for a safety issue," he said.