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Vols signee Jonathan Kongbo not backing down from comments

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Tennessee signee Jonathan Kongbo hasn’t been shy about expressing his opinion of Vols rivals Alabama and Florida, and it doesn’t appear as if he is going to shy away from his smack talk.

He told radio hosts Russell Smith and Richard Daugherty of Fox Sports-Knoxville that his words are meant to be put into action.

“I feel we have what it takes to beat every team,” Kongbo said. “My approach is if you’re not trying to win, you’re really wasting your time. Why go through practice? Why work out? Why go through all this if you’re not trying to have a perfect season?”

Kongbo said coach Butch Jones, defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and the rest of the staff haven’t been trying to quell statements like this. He says these are the views of the team and that the Vols are “fired up.”

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Kongbo, a junior college transfer set to arrive at UT late this month, said he’s particularly looking forward to playing Alabama.

“During my recruiting process with Alabama, when Coach (Nick) Saban came to see me, he didn’t think I was big enough to play at Alabama at the time,” Kongbo said. “I made that my personal goal to prove them all wrong and beat them all.”

Kongbo said he is up to about 280 pounds, a gain of around 15 pounds since he signed.

When it comes to the rivalries, he isn’t too concerned what people think about his words. He believes that it is all part of the fun.

“For me, I feel like people take it too serious, this whole rivalry and trash talk,” Kongbo said. “I think it’s good for the SEC. It’s good competition to have that a little bit. So I’m really looking forward to it.”

(You can follow Dan Mathews on Twitter @DanMathewsATL)

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