It’s no surprise that Tennessee Football’s Henry To’o To’o has been named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List after his first year in Knoxville.
After only a few games, it was clear that Tennessee football had found its next defensive leader. That leader? Henry To’o To’o a freshman at the time. He’s quick, athletic, and not afraid to hit somebody. That’s exactly who Tennessee wants as its defensive leader.
He was a top-50 recruit and a top-five linebacker coming out of high school and wanted by the blue bloods of college football. Jeremy Pruitt out recruited everyone else and won the opportunity to coach To’o To’o.
Once he got to campus it was clear he was special. He showed out in practice and took the same attitude to the football field. He finished the season with 72 tackles which was good enough for second on the team, second among SEC freshman, and fourth among freshmen across the country.
To’o To’o also earned freshman All-American honors and was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team after his breakout rookie season in 2019.
Now for his sophomore season, To’o To’o has been named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. After reading all of that, are you surprised? He’s one of the best up and coming linebackers in the SEC.
Of the linebackers in the SEC, To’o To’o is one of 15 to be named to the watchlist. If he were to win it, he’d be the first Tennessee player to do so. Only three Vols have been named a finalist in the past. Those three players consist of Al Wilson (1998), John Henderson (2000), and Eric Berry (2009) so To’o To’o would be in pretty elite company.
He has also been named on two other watchlists. He’s been named to the Butkus Award Watch List and the Bednarik Award Watch List. I’ve already told you he showed flashes of being a special player as a freshman last year and could quickly become Tennessee’s next great defender.