Kongbo feels 'very well equipped compared to the past'

Kongbo feels 'very well equipped compared to the past'

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Kongbo feels 'very well equipped compared to the past'

KNOXVILLE — Redshirt senior linebacker Jonathan Kongbo met with the media as fall training camp continues for Tennessee.

Kongbo has made a switch from defensive end to outside linebacker under Jeremy Pruitt. The 6-foot-6, 264-pound player made it known to Pruitt that he would do anything that his new coach wanted when he first arrived at Tennessee.

“Coach Pruitt just asked me about it and he thought it better suited me and my type of body,” Kongbo said of switching positions during fall training camp media availability. “I’ve always told him from the moment he got here that I was willing to do anything that he wanted me to do.”

Kongbo says that the reason for his renewed sense of confidence has been preparation.

“We went through a grueling summer program, spent a lot of time in the film room, and just kind of learned the ins and outs of the defense,” he said. “As far as that, I feel like I’m very well equipped as compared to the past.”

Coming off a 4-8, 2017 season, a culture change was needed and under Pruitt that has happened.

“The culture is completely different,” he said. “I keep telling my parents it doesn’t even feel like the same place just as far as the culture that’s been instilled here, it’s completely different.”

Now with everything in place, as far as a change in culture and a renewed sense of confidence, it is time to play and execute during games.

“There’s no pressure,” Kongbo said. “If you know you can ball, you can ball, so right now it’s just time to execute.”

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