Catch Up With ECU Commit Knowles-Tener
Rondre Knowles-Tener is half way through his senior season at Liberty Christian Academy (Lynchburg, Va.). As a senior the 6-foot-2, 290-pound defensive lineman is leading Liberty Christian in a direction the school has gone before. For the first time ever a private school, Liberty Christian, in Virginia is competing in a public school conference. Trying to push his team to a state championship run, Knowles Tener said that the competition level hasn’t changed but the chance to make the playoffs and go further is what they are after. “We started off 2-0 and then we had a rough patch in our season,” Knowles-Tener explained. “We had lost two games in a row then we came back and won, then won another crucial game. So now we now we are 4-2 and hoping to win the next two games to get into the playoffs.” While Liberty Christian is having unprecedented season and Knowles-Tener’s main goal is to win a state championship, he is still fine-tuning his own game to prepare himself for the next level. “I think I started off good but I just felt as the season went on I was digressing instead of progressing but I think the last game, we played against a really talented team, I really brought myself back to where I need to be.” The lineman said that his main focus this season has been improving his. While Knowles-Tener said he is in good shape, he believes that it is a mental issue and that he is continuing to get better at it each game. Knowles-Tener committed to East Carolina this past summer and has been back to Greenville just weeks ago when ECU took on Virginia Tech. “It was an awesome experience, although it rained out the whole time I still got to sit there. I got a poncho and I just sat there and watched the game. It was a really impressive game. The thing I was most impressed with was quarterback (James) Summers.” The lineman said once again that he believes he will fit right into the defensive scheme. Liberty Christian runs the same defense and Knowles-Tener said it won’t take much too integrated into ECU’s defense.” Prior to the game Knowles-Tener was able to sit down with head coach Ruffin McNeill and said that it was exciting to talk with him and is looking forward to join the family atmosphere that McNeill conducts at ECU. Previous story: http://www.scout.com/college/east-carolina/story/1560038-knowles-tener-commits-to-ecu
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