Jeremy Pruitt addressed the media on Saturday afternoon, as the Vols held practice at Neyland Stadium without 44 players.
31 of those players were from the offensive side of the football, according to Pruitt. Remember, a majority of these are due to required quarantine after contact tracing. And, some because of injury.
Tennessee has “seven or eight” active COVID-19 cases on its roster.
The Vols already had a few players quarantine for a second time, due to contact or exposure, according to Pruitt.
Pruitt added, “Our guys are trying to do the right thing. If somebody that you live with gets it, you’re in quarantine in our county. That’s the way it is. We’ve had some of that.”
“It’s frustrating when you can only practice with two groups. Brian Maurer has had a hamstring issue.” Pruitt added. JG continued to take the reps with the 1’s, with Shrout and Bailey running with 2’s.
Pruitt also brought up the fact they might not get in their full 25 practices. “As the numbers have added up, it’s been really hard to practice. We might only get around 22 practices during this camp.”
Tennessee has been hurting when it comes to key guys missing practice for most of the Fall Camp. Somehow, these players who will miss upwards of 14 days (Not All Practice Days) will have to get their bodies and mind right again, quick. I can’t imagine it’s the best thing in the world to have 31 players on your offensive side missing multiple practices.
“The thing to me that is probably not consistent; it’s not consistent in our state obviously or nationally, is the contact tracing. It’s all based on each individual county, probably how many cases you have, probably a little stricter. I am not a doctor; I am just following the CDC guideline and giving you the information.”
“So, is Knox county the same as Davidson county? You know they’re playing high school football here, but they’re not there, they’re not in Shelby county. So, When you start talking about the different states of South Carolina, Missouri, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Florida, Georgia, it’s probably different in each one of the universities’ locations.”
For a team with a good amount of veteran leadership they will need them now more than ever. It’s all about how these players continue to manage their bodies as they deal with being quarantined and preparing to get back on the practice field. Tennessee still has the time and is working towards that South Carolina game