Kalib Perry, Tennessee freshman, impresses coaching staff with elite athletic ability
It might take a while for Tennessee freshman Kalib Perry to get fully comfortable playing linebacker, but if his playbook progression can catch up to his athletic ability, the Volunteers have a player on their hands.
Patrick Brown of 247Sports.com reports that Perry, a 6-foot-3, 228-pound athlete from Georgetown, Kentucky, had to deal with some growing pains in his first training camp, but is showing flashes of ability that have teammates and coaches impressed.
“Kalib, athletically he’s probably in the top 10% of the team already. He’s got that type of athletic ability,” linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary said. “He flashes. Just in these 3 days, he does some jaw-dropping stuff.”
Perry said he’s continuing to get adjusted to the elevated skill it takes to be successful in the college game.
“The hardest adjustment, I would say for me, would be just the speed of the game and being able to pick up different keys, because it’s so much happening at once,” Perry said. “But you just can’t catch yourself ball-watching.”
Off the field, Perry has a mind for technology and spends his time building computers and hopes follow the career path of his brother, who is an engineer.
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Tennessee fans hope Perry will soon be tearing down offenses as well as he builds PCs.
Tennessee online sports betting officially launched on November 1, 2020, and many of the largest sportsbooks are live and operating in the volunteer state. Tennessee is only one of a handful of SEC football states with legalized sports betting.