KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is getting healthier in the secondary and stronger in the middle of the defensive line this week.
A source with knowledge of the situation said that Jonathan Kongbo, the nation’s No. 1-ranked junior college prospect, has moved from defensive end to defensive tackle.
UT has had issues at the position, losing four defensive tackles to attrition since the Oct. 8 double-overtime loss at Texas A&M.
Kongbo, despite his impressive physique (6-6, 284) and lofty recruiting ranking couldn’t crack the starting lineup at end and has yet to record a tackle in five SEC games.
The Vols (6-3, 2-3) play Kentucky (5-4, 4-3) at noon Saturday in a key SEC East Division match, and Kongbo could prove key against the Wildcats’ “Wildcat” run formation.
Coach Butch Jones announced Monday that Tennessee has lost dynamic kick returner and safety Evan Berry for the season to injury, but tailback Alvin Kamara and cornerback Cam Sutton have returned to practice.
Cornerback Malik Foreman, who has missed the past three games with a shoulder injury, might also return for Saturday’s game against the Wildcats at Neyland Stadium.