Tennessee’s start to 2019 was a challenge. It was made even worse by a few departures at the linebacker position. Shanon Reid and Will Ignont both left the team in the first month of the season, each seeing the writing on the wall with freshman linebacker Henry To’o To’o already cracking the starting lineup.
Ignont started the first two games of the season for Tennessee, filling in for Daniel Bituli, who underwent knee surgery during the first game week of the season. After Bituli returned, Ignont’s playing time dwindled.
After leaving the program in September, Ignont has found a new home. He’ll head to Western Kentucky to join the Hilltopper defense.
The 6-2, 238 pound linebacker is a former four-star prospect.
Jeremy Pruitt did a masterful job replenishing the depth at the position during the early signing period. He inked a trio of linebackers from Memphis, including two four-star prospects in Bryson Eason and Martavius French. Tennessee then picked up a signature from four-star athlete Len’Neth Whitehead, who may also end up playing linebacker.
With Bituli now out of the picture, To’o To’o is the clear leader at the position. JJ Peterson will return as well and will be in the mix for more playing time this fall. But the spot next to To’o To’o is wide open — that will be one of the camp battles to follow this spring and fall.