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Tennesse players and coaches were certainly full of themselves yesterday. First, there was the Vol’s new defensive coordinator, Bob Shoop, informing the world that “Nobody will run the football on Tennessee.” Then a JUCO transfer defensive end who has never played a down of SEC football declares, “So I’ll say right now, we’re going to beat every team we play next year.”
 
 

Jimmy Hyams on Twitter

Shoop: `We’re very committed. We’re going to stop the run. Nobody will run the FB on the Orange Swarm. Nobody will run the FB on Tennessee.’


 
 
Good one, coach. Not that any SEC team will have trouble getting up for the Vols this year after all of the off-season media hype. However, it might be a good idea for you and your players to read fewer preseason clippings. At least, do not internalize them.
 
 
I guess it is not shocking that an SEC rookie defensive lineman would make bulletin board statements when his coach exhibits a lack of verbal discipline. Jonathan Kombo, who played for Arizona Western College in 2015, dropped the following remarks in an interview with Rocky Top Insider.
 
 

…I know we’re going to beat Florida. I know we’re going to beat Alabama. We’re going to beat all those teams. So I’ll say right now, we’re going to beat every team we play next year. I just really laughed at it, especially the comments that Jalen made. It was funny. We’ll see what Jalen Hurd does to him though.”
 
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And we know Alabama won the national championship this year, and the message that I’m sending to them is that ain’t no one around here scared of that. We’re coming for them. It’s football so once the pads are on, you’ve got to figure out how to win so we’ll see.”

 
 
You’re not in the Western States Football League anymore, young man.
 
 

Kongbo, rated the nation’s top junior college recruit, improved each and every week during his only season at AWC. He finished fourth in the Western States Football League with a team-high 11 sacks. The redshirt-freshman also notched 16 tackles for loss, good for a tie for fifth in the conference. At the end of the season, he was named to both the WSFL and Arizona Community College Athletic Conference First Team. He recorded at least one sack in five of his team’s last seven games, including a five-sack masterpiece at Pima Community College in October.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Greg is closing in on 10 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.