Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt met with the media on Monday afternoon to discuss the Arkansas game while discussing certain areas they can improve.
The third quarter has been kryptonite for the Vols this season, and it didn’t stop on Saturday. Tennessee has shown major problems in adjusting to the opposing team on both sides of the ball. Pruitt was asked how they could rectify their problems coming out of halftime.
“If you look, I believe offensively, for whatever reason we’ve had turnovers in that quarter. We didn’t on Saturday. Turnovers and penalties hurt us. It’s obviously something that if you’re not doing it well, then you want to go back and try to figure out why. We’ve done that, and we’ve been doing that. Offensively, as the game goes, you see the plays that were going well, and you mark them down to create a script for the second half. You meet with it at half time and get a good opening script. Saturday, when we came out in the second half, we got a false start, and that gets us a second-and-16. We end up being fourth-and-3. We have to do a better job there. Defensively, just getting off the field on third down on the first drive and obviously the previous two plays that I talked about.”
Jeremy Pruitt updated the status of quarterback Jarrett Guarantano and the plan for the backup position.
“It’s day to day. Our medical staff didn’t feel like it was in his best interest to play the rest of the game, so we held him out. It’ll be day-to-day this week. We’ll work the other guys and see how we develop this week. We’ll work a good game plan that fits all of those guys.”
Along with Alontae Taylor, who was out with a hamstring injury, Shawn Shamburger was absent this weekend in Fayetteville. Jeremy Pruitt didn’t offer up much of a reason why he was absent.
“Every week, we decide who we’re going to bring on the trip. We have 120 guys, so we take 70 each week. Based off circumstances, Shawn didn’t come this week.”
Tennessee will continue trying to fix their mistakes, as they also keep an eye out on things in College Station. Texas A&M shut down their facility on Monday due to Covid. The game is still on for now.
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