Brandon Kennedy is bringing leadership to Tennessee

Brandon Kennedy is bringing leadership to Tennessee

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Brandon Kennedy is bringing leadership to Tennessee

KNOXVILLE — Brandon Kennedy made his way to Tennessee during the summer from Alabama.

It was a process in transferring within the conference as a graduate transfer, but the 6-foot-3, 301-pound offensive lineman was able to go from one SEC school to another and play right away.

The addition of Kennedy works in Tennessee’s favor, giving Jeremy Pruitt and Will Friend an extra body upfront. Kennedy also has two years of eligibility remaining.

“Brandon is a really good competitor,” Pruitt said. “He strains, knows how to strain and he knows how to do it every play. A guy like him, I think he’s earned the respect of his teammates by the way he practices every day. I think everyone in our program is excited to have him here.”

Kennedy met with the media before the Vols’ second practice in pads of fall camp.

“I’m just trying to earn my teammates respect daily,” he said. “I also want to push them because I’m coming from a championship team. So, I want to bring that leadership here.”

Academics played a part in Kennedy’s decision to choose Tennessee along with an opportunity to play.

“My degree, sports psychology is a big thing for me,” he said. “I also knew it was a great opportunity to come here and play football.”

Kennedy feels like Tennessee is “pretty good” on the offensive line and that he is trying to help the younger guys along with some of the older guys helping him learn plays.

Having playing experience at Alabama will also help Kennedy’s transition.

“Alabama helped me develop me into what I am now,” he said of familiarity with the scheme and calls. “Offense is offense and they are basically all the same concepts.”

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