Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt met with the media Wednesday evening to preview the upcoming game against Georgia.
Dee Beckwith has been sidelined with an ankle injury over the past few weeks but has returned to practice. Beckwith is running with the scout team, as he works his way back to 100%.
“He’s participating on the scout team now, that was the next step. So, saw him make a really good run out there today. So as we go, that’s probably the next step with him.”
Tennessee had a good chunk of their lineup miss time over Fall camp and practices leading up to the opener. So Jeremy Pruitt has found a way for those guys who aren’t in the rotation to get some live in-game work.
“Sunday night, we are going to have a big scrimmage for the guys who aren’t playing a huge role on our team right now. There’s a lot of these guys that are plenty capable, and based off circumstances, whether they were out for fall camp, they were injured, or maybe they were just in quarantine. We had such small numbers that we didn’t get a chance at that time to practice threes and fours, and maybe it didn’t give them the opportunity. A lot of these guys are ready, and we need to get them out there and play some ball, and we are going to do that on Sunday night when we get back.”
This will be very beneficial for guys looking to catch the coaches’ eye, especially trying to earn playing time.
Jeremy Pruitt also discussed the progression of Darel Middleton and Aubrey Solomon, two guys that will be needed on Saturday afternoon.
“They didn’t practice for a very long time. They’re both back, they’re working hard, and they have good attitudes. They’re kind of getting back into football shape and the movements that go with it. Can’t just sit there and not play this game and think it doesn’t affect you. Getting these guys back, we will hopefully see improvement every week.”
Jeremy Banks and Quavaris Crouch are two playmakers that Tennessee will need to have big games this weekend. The way Georgia will move their receivers around and mix things up schematically, the pressure is on for these two linebackers.
“It’s interesting with both of these guys not having spring ball. For linebacker, you’ve got to be the signal caller, so being in there, the communication part between the defensive line, the secondary, setting the front, setting the blitzes, making sure we’re in the right call from the secondary standpoint. We put a lot on them. If you just go, ‘go get the ball,’ they both do a really nice job at that. They’re going to continue to progress and improve every week because I mean they live over here. There’s probably not a day that hadn’t went by over the last three months that I don’t see them sitting in a room together with Henry (To’o To’o) and the other linebackers, and them just in there coaching each other up. When you put as much time and effort into it as they have, they’re going to continue to get better.”