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Jeremy Pruitt Discusses Auburn, Updates A Few Injuries

Jeremy Pruitt met with the media on Wednesday evening to preview Saturday’s game at Auburn.

The Vols have had plenty of practices over the past two weeks, as they are looking to finally breakout on the offensive side. The QB situation continues to be dicey. After Jarrett Guarantano suffered a concussion against Arkansas, it was Bailey and Maurer getting most of the reps in practice.

Guarantano returned to the field this past Sunday and has been practicing since. Jeremy Pruitt wasn’t giving away any hints on who would be his starting quarterback against Auburn.

“I am going to wait and let that show on Saturday”.

Pruitt was asked if Guarantano was at 100% this week, since they didn’t let him do much last week.

“Jarrett is back. I think he’s had a good couple of days here getting back into the groove, so to speak. I thought our whole offense can see him making some strides there which is good to see. There seems to be more confidence on that side of the ball in practice this week. I’ll be anxious to see them play on Saturday.”

It’s safe to say that Jeremy Pruitt knows who his starting quarterback will be on Saturday, I don’t think a Thursday practice will decide it. Bailey did get a good chunk of the 1st team reps last week, but since Jarrett has returned, he has taken those reps back.

Tennessee will need their TE group this weekend in the blocking, but Jeremy Pruitt wants to see this group more involved in the passing game.

“We need to get them more involved in the throw game. To me, you can see them get more seasoned. Obviously, they have not played a lot of ball here but this year they have an opportunity and every week they continue to improve at that position.”

The Vols have had their fair share of injuries over the season, but Jeremy Pruitt said his group his as healthy as they’ve been in a while. They are hoping to have Alontae Taylor, Ty Chandler and a few others back near 100% for the game on Saturday.

“They definitely have started back into the practice routine, so it’s looking promising. Hopefully, over the next two or three days they can continue to improve and get closer to 100 percent.”

Tennessee has played just one game since the October 24th loss to Alabama, a loss in Fayetteville. So you would think the Vols are chomping at the opportunity to get that sour taste out of their mouth. Jeremy Pruitt discussed the energy in practice this week.

“Our guys are really excited about getting back out there. Really good energy this week.”

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