Troy adds UNC graduate transfer Junior Gnonkonde

The Troy Trojans are looking to turn their luck around on the football field this year and it looks like they could be starting on the defensive side of the ball. On Monday, it was announced that North Carolina graduate transfer defensive end Junior Gnonkonde would be heading to the Sun Belt school this year.

Gnonkonde graduated from North Carolina earlier this year and he will be eligible to play immediately for the Trojans. Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning has high expectations for the former Tar Heel.

“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,” Koenning said.

“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.”

During the 2015 season, Junior Gnonkonde recorded seven tackles for loss and four sacks for North Carolina.

The Trojans open the season on Sept. 3 when they host Austin Peay.

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