Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt met with the media on Wednesday evening.
Pruitt said that both Jeremy Banks and Alontae Taylor practiced on Wednesday. Taylor actually practiced yesterday as well. Jeremy Banks is dealing with an ankle injury following the Kentucky game. Pruitt said that both of them would be a “Game Time Decision” and that it has “looked more promising that last couple of days.”
Also, on the injury front, Pruitt said that Jarrett Guarantano is dealing with an injury.
“He’s obviously taken some licks over the last few weeks, but he’s practiced, he’s practiced every day. Brian has had a knee and a hamstring that has been a little bit nagging over the course of camp. But again, he’s practiced the last couple of weeks. So, all these guys are taking reps and will continue to do that.”
Jarrett was splitting reps with Brian Maurer during the last few practices. Harrison Bailey has been getting a good amount of work in as well.
Jeremy Pruitt praised the defensive line on Wednesday and the effort they’ve continued to put in.
“We’ve probably had our best three practices of the year from the defensive front up there. You know these guys, if you look at the group altogether, Matt Butler and Bumphus have had an opportunity to work multiple Spring practices on the line; a lot of the others guys have not. So they’ll continue to get better. We gotta play with more toughness, and more effort gotta be able to play on the other side of the line of scrimmage. We’ve not created a lot of negative plays with our front that we need to; we need to get more pressure up the middle. We’ve got a huge challenge this week with the guys they’ll be playing in front of, and it’s a great opportunity for them.”
If Tennessee has any chance at success against Alabama, it has to start with pressure from the defensive front. Look for the Vols to force Mac Jones into short yardage throws, almost how Kentucky’s defense countered Jim Chaney’s play calling.
Pruitt said this was one of the most explosive Alabama teams he has ever seen, though he’s talked up every team this season like they’re the defending national champions. This time I don’t think he’s actually blowing smoke, Alabama has a plethora of ways to beat you offensively. But, maybe with Jeremy Pruitt taking over the defensive line, the Vols might actually be able to find something along the line that has been missing since game one.
The Vols will be back on the practice field Thursday afternoon, as they continue to prepare for Alabama.
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