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http://gridironnow.com/jeremy-pruitt-tennessee-turnaround-quickly/

 

     
 

(This is the first of a series of reports in which coaches who are promised anonymity for their responses give their assessments of Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt and the state of UT’s football program)

A coach with extensive SEC experience has no doubt Jeremy Pruitt will have success at Tennessee – and soon.

 

 

“To me, Jeremy is the best defensive mind in the SEC,” said the coach, who is still in the SEC.

That’s strong praise, especially with Alabama’s Nick Saban – Pruitt’s most recent boss – considered a defensive guru and another Saban protégé, Georgia’s Kirby Smart, known for his defensive prowess as well. Still, Pruitt can more than hold his own compared to the two.

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“He’s better than Nick and Kirby,” the coach said.

The best news for UT fans is that the rebuild in Knoxville shouldn’t take long.

“He hired a great staff,” the coach said. “They will flip Tennessee back to where they were quickly, within the first two years.”

The coach said Pruitt’s first season will be a bit of a struggle because of personnel deficiencies. He named only two players on UT’s squad who would be considered championship level: offensive lineman Trey Smith and linebacker Daniel Bituli. But that doesn’t mean current players can’t be developed, especially with a top-flight strength and conditioning staff led by former Houston Texans strength coach Craig Fitzgerald.

“The guy Jeremy hired for strength and conditioning – he might be the best in the SEC,” the coach said. “He’s super good and the real deal.”

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The coach even went so far as to compare Fitzgerald to Alabama’s Scott Cochran and LSU’s Tommy Moffitt. Both are considered elite strength and conditioning coaches.

“In terms of getting them bigger, better and faster and functional, he’s damn good,” the coach said of Fitzgerald.

The coach said UT’s opponents will find some weaknesses in the Vols’ defense this season because of shortcomings in personnel. Still, he predicted UT’s defense would be better almost immediately.

     
 

(This is the first of a series of reports in which coaches who are promised anonymity for their responses give their assessments of Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt and the state of UT’s football program)

A coach with extensive SEC experience has no doubt Jeremy Pruitt will have success at Tennessee – and soon.

 

 

“To me, Jeremy is the best defensive mind in the SEC,” said the coach, who is still in the SEC.

That’s strong praise, especially with Alabama’s Nick Saban – Pruitt’s most recent boss – considered a defensive guru and another Saban protégé, Georgia’s Kirby Smart, known for his defensive prowess as well. Still, Pruitt can more than hold his own compared to the two.

RELATED: Jauan Jennings’ return would help the Vols — but he shouldn’t be allowed to return

“He’s better than Nick and Kirby,” the coach said.

The best news for UT fans is that the rebuild in Knoxville shouldn’t take long.

“He hired a great staff,” the coach said. “They will flip Tennessee back to where they were quickly, within the first two years.”

The coach said Pruitt’s first season will be a bit of a struggle because of personnel deficiencies. He named only two players on UT’s squad who would be considered championship level: offensive lineman Trey Smith and linebacker Daniel Bituli. But that doesn’t mean current players can’t be developed, especially with a top-flight strength and conditioning staff led by former Houston Texans strength coach Craig Fitzgerald.

“The guy Jeremy hired for strength and conditioning – he might be the best in the SEC,” the coach said. “He’s super good and the real deal.”

RELATED: Jeremy Pruitt has 8 early enrollees at Tennessee; can any help right away?

The coach even went so far as to compare Fitzgerald to Alabama’s Scott Cochran and LSU’s Tommy Moffitt. Both are considered elite strength and conditioning coaches.

“In terms of getting them bigger, better and faster and functional, he’s damn good,” the coach said of Fitzgerald.

The coach said UT’s opponents will find some weaknesses in the Vols’ defense this season because of shortcomings in personnel. Still, he predicted UT’s defense would be better almost immediately.

“Tennessee will play better defense with whoever they have (now) than they’ve played in the last 10 years,” he said. “The second year, I could see some real (expletive) happening at Tennessee.”

The coach acknowledged there were obvious issues under former coach Butch Jones, who was fired during his fifth season at UT. It was obvious on the field and in coaching circles.

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“Tennessee had lots of issues. Jeremy will run it the right way,” the coach said. “To me the biggest thing is obvious as hell: When you’re in your fifth year, that should be your best year. There are no excuses.

“I think Jeremy will do a good job of identifying what needs to be done.”

 

 

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22 hours ago, smokeyone said:

Get off my nuts Herschel 

How about Crenshaw, possum, etc?

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