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Junior Gnonkonde headed to Troy as graduate transfer

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The Troy Trojans received some good news on Monday. Former North Carolina Tar Heels defensive lineman, Junior Gnonkonde, is transferring to the program. Even better, thanks to some expedited book learning, he will be immediately eligible to play this season.

Gnonkonde graduated from North Carolina back in May. When he announced his intentions to transfer it was unknown as to why. That said, there still hasn’t been any clarity brought to that specific topic.

This will be the lineman’s last season as a college player.

The good news for him, however, is that there is a familiar face on the Troy coaching staff. The Trojans defensive coordinator is Vic Koenning, who served in the same capacity for North Carolina during the player’s last three seasons at Chapel Hill.

“He is a great young man, which really showed by getting his degree in four years at North Carolina,” Koenning said, via NBC. “His teammates really liked him and he does everything you ask him to do. He is a freak of nature physically, but the best part of Junior is the type of young man he is.”

The defensive coordinator was not done signing some high praises for the defensive standout.

“If he doesn’t come in here and play like an all-conference player and put himself in position for that type of recognition after the season, then I will be disappointed. I’ve set a pretty high bar for him, but that is why he is coming here. He is coming here because he trusts me, and he believes getting back in this system gives him a great opportunity to move on to the next level.”

It is certainly worth noting that Gnonkonde played in 37 games for the Tar Heels during his career. While not a world-beater while with UNC, he is expected to be a force to be reckoned with while donning a Troy uniform.

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