No. 1 JUCO signee Kongbo 'as good as advertised' and already turning heads at Tennessee
Elite quarterback play is seen as a hot commodity around the game of football, no matter the level of competition. One way to combat that, though, is getting consistent pressure up front.
The New York Giants and Denver Broncos have won Super Bowls recently because of its relentlessness to get after the quarterback. As for Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob Shoop, who came from Penn State over the off-season, he had plenty to say on Friday (via 247Sports) about his new defensive line at the KOC Kickoff Classic luncheon in Thompson-Boling Arena.
One player Shoop raved about was the country’s top junior college prospect in 2016, Jonathan Kongbo.
“Obviously everybody’s excited about Jonathan Kongbo, and he’s been a horse this summer,” Shoop said. “He’s done a great job.”
Kongbo, listed at 6-foot-6, reportedly got even bigger over the past couple months as well. With the jump in weight, came questions about what position he will play on Saturdays.
“He’s been really good. I mean, he’s as advertised,” Shoop said. “He’s up to 282 pounds. It’s funny, we were just talking about this: I’m not a big believer in talking a whole lot about body weight. As long as guys have good body composition and as long as they can move, that’s fine. We’ve used these terms a bunch today, ‘dominant’ and ‘disruptive’ out front. It’s all about being fast and being explosive.
“Length, speed, quickness, agility and explosiveness are things that we’re looking for up front.”
I can hear offensive coordinators cringe as we speak.
Tennessee is considered favorites to win the SEC East in 2016. Kongbo could be a massive part of it by season’s end.