Jeremy Pruitt Blasts Fans, Players After Spring Game

Paola Ditto
Aprile 22, 2018

Even though Tennessee is coming off one of its most disappointing seasons in school history, Saturday's scrimmage had an announced attendance of 65,098.

"I don't know how many fans we had". And Pruitt says it wasn't that way during the rest of spring. "They'll police themselves. But until then, I'll be the one doing all the confronting". "They're fired up. They're ready to get going". And then there were some people that weren't who that had legitimate reasons. They couldn't be here. And then there were some people that wasn't here, that (you wonder) why wasn't they here. It's kind of like our football team. "I think we all need to look in the mirror and see who we want to be".

Guarantano was named the most valuable player in Tennessee's spring game.

Pruitt, who last season coordinated Alabama's defense, is looking to help Tennessee bounce back from a tumultuous 4-8 campaign, which included an 0-8 mark in SEC action previous year.

Pruitt would go on to add that the last time he had players quit on him like this was "probably 20 years ago". "You can look at it all the way down - total yardage, third-down conversions". I'm going to say they quit.

"The good thing is in a couple weeks we'll have a bunch of guys who aren't on the injury report anymore".

"Some guys competed pretty hard, they may not be doing things ideal, but they're headed in the right direction, something you can build off of", Pruitt said.

"There's nothing better than peer pressure", Pruitt said. "It's easy to do, but the film don't lie".

No players or assistant coaches were made available to the media after the game.

The Orange team featured the projected No. 1 offense and No. 2 defense, while the White had the No. 1 offense and No. 2 defense.

For incumbent starting quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, it represents a chance to impress the new staff before Stanford graduate transfer Keller Chryst arrives this summer to challenge for the job. The Vols open the season September 1 against West Virginia in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"I kind of like it", linebacker Quart'e Sapp said of the new format.

"We'd be about a D, which is not their fault", Pruitt said. "It's better scenarios. We actually have different things intertwined with a two-minute drill, a four-minute drill that prepares us for the season, situations we might see actually in games". "They played good, both offense and defense". "I could fill up a wall with things we're teaching them here".

"Is one team that much better than the other?"

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