Ajani Cornelius is a highly underrated and lesser-known player of the Oregon offensive line. With fellow linemen like Jackson Powers-Johnson and Casey Rogers often taking the spotlight, Cornelius has often been overlooked during his collegiate career.
Transferring to Oregon in 2023 from Rhode Island, Cornelius’ stats were good but not great. His biggest highlight was his consistency on the field.
In his sophomore year, Cornelius played in 720 out of 738 offensive snaps for Rhode Island which averaged 30.6 points per game and 168.8 rushing yards.
Coming into the Ducks’ program he was a four-star transfer and quickly stepped into a starting role. In all 14 games for Oregon last season, Cornelius was apart of the starting offensive line and was credited with allowing zero sacks on Nix.
While Cornelius was nowhere near a bad player before 2023, he proved his worth on the Ducks’ O-Line. He received an All-Pac-12 honorable mention and following the conclusion of his junior season announced that he would be returning for one more year.
His consistency on the field and his ability to protect his quarterback, locked down Cornelius’ starting job with the Ducks.