King settling in

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At the start of camp last August, Justin King was the Tennessee roster's tennis ball, trotting back and forth across the turf on Robert E. White Indoor Field, rotating from linebacker to tight end to triple-option quarterback.

The freshman looked like an outside linebacker or a strong safety while being recruited by the Volunteers out of Dunwoody (Ga.) High School. The former FOX Sports NEXT three-star saw action in eight games in 2012, however, he didn't take one snap at either position.

Under then-offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, King looked like he would help Tennessee in a variety or roles moving the football. Yet, his playing time dwindled as the season neared its finality.

Seven losses, a staff change and an altering of offensive philosophy later and King appears settled in at tight end only, which gives the rising sophomore the chance to concentrate on a single role for the first time of his football life.

King, who doesn't turn 20 until June, has transformed his body from a wiry prep standout to plenty thick enough to block down on a Southeastern Conference defensive end. With the graduation of Ben Bartholomew and Mychal Rivera, he will get the opportunity to showcase that ability this fall.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder spoke with the media Tuesday for the first time since enrolling in Knoxville. Check out what he had to say in the high definition video below:

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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