After basically begging to take a picture with one of the only coaches in Tennessee football history to lose to Kentucky and Vanderbilt by 20+ points, Marshall settled into the call by asking how well is Harrison Bailey doing with his freshman season?
Pruitt’s first statement was, “Well, I can tell you this. Everybody puts unrealistic expectations on freshmen.”
Okay, I can hear that. I’m still with the answer at this point. But, this is where Pruitt loses me.
He went on to reference the starting quarterback for Alabama, Mac Jones. Pruitt spoke about how well he’s playing right now.
“But, in 2017, I was the defensive coordinator at Alabama, and we won the National Championship, and we had a lot of really good players. And Mac was a freshman, and he ran our scout team. But, I would say that if we would have played Mac at quarterback that year, we probably would have won about seven or eight games.”
What fan is expecting Harrison Bailey to play like Mac Jones? That’s what Pruitt is saying here.
We don’t need him to be as good as Jones, ALL WE NEED AND WANT IS A BETTER QUARTERBACK THAN JARRETT GUARANTANO.
Pruitt went on to say, “You can’t put unrealistic expectations on them. You’ve got to let them grow and develop at their own pace.”
Guarantano is a 5th-year senior who has had chance after chance after chance, and he isn’t getting it done. He hasn’t developed at all. You could even argue Guarantano is as worse as he’s ever been.
No one is expecting Bailey to play like Trevor Lawerence as a freshman or Tua Tagovailoa when he came in to help Alabama win a National Championship.
Every logical fan knows Bailey will make some mistakes. If he threw back-to-back pick-sixes, we would at least be able to say, “well, he’s a freshman and will learn from the mistakes.”
Guarantano is doing that as a 5th-year senior.
Why is Pruitt moving the goal post from him?
Stop with nonsense and play another quarterback. Fans want someone better than JG. Even if Bailey is just as bad as Guarantano, at least we get a change.
Stop being a buffoon, Jeremy Pruitt.