Juco LB ready to be a Vols leader

At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, junior college linebacker Chris Weatherd (Carrollton, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College) is imposing physically. As he prepares for life in the SEC, look for Weatherd to be just as notable vocally.

Weatherd, who committed to Tennessee and head coach Butch Jones last Friday, said he will head to Knoxville, Tenn., with all intentions to be the ultimate leader. Weatherd said the Vols’ defense is in need of playmakers, and he has told defensive coordinator John Jancek and linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen of his plans to be that kind of player.