Tennessee Vols center Brandon Kennedy was supposed to be a senior in 2018. Instead, he will be a sixth year senior in 2020, after receiving an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA.
Kennedy, who transferred to Tennessee in 2018 after spending three years at Alabama, is expected to be the Vols’ starting center in 2020. The Alabama native missed all but one game in 2018 after suffering a torn ACL in practice. Kennedy then started every game at center for UT in 2019.
The extra year of eligibility for Kennedy will mean the Vols’ offensive line, which is expected to be a strength in 2020, will have plenty of experience. The fact he received a sixth year of eligibility was obviously welcome news for Jeremy Pruitt and his staff.
But Kennedy isn’t just using that extra year to play football. He’s furthering his education…..even more.
Kennedy already has multiple degrees. He received his bachelors degree from Alabama in just three years. And he has a masters from Tennessee in Sports Psychology and Motor Behavior.
— Holly Rowe (@sportsiren) October 4, 2019
By the time he’s finished at UT, he’ll have three degrees.
#Vols senior OL Brandon Kennedy is on track to have three college degrees by the time he’s done playing this December or January.
Big guy, big brain. pic.twitter.com/0371DywkCC
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) May 26, 2020
I don’t know what Kennedy’s football future holds — it’s certainly possible he gets a chance in the NFL.
But one thing is certain — Kennedy has a bright future in whatever field he chooses to pursue after college. He’s an incredibly smart kid who just happens to be really good at football, too.
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