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Vols Working On Defensive Toughness Before Saturday’s Scrimmage

 

The Vols were back on the practice field Thursday afternoon as they continue preparing for the 2020 season. Tennessee is scheduled to scrimmage on Saturday afternoon.

Coaches are trying to find some separation when it comes to some position groups. Jeremy Pruitt spoke very highly of two defensive linemen earlier this week.

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“We’ve got guys that can play winning football. We’ve got to play with more toughness up there. We’ve got to play with more awareness. We’ve got to be more consistent. Again, that’s kind of the whole team. We’ve just got to continue to improve every single day. The one guy that I feel like has had really good practices every single day is LaTrell Bumphus. The guy continues to come to work every single day. He’s trying to be at his best. Matt Butler is another guy. We’ve got to get other guys to raise to their level of play at that position, and that’s a choice.”

Especially with having some players miss practice time this week due to being quarantined, Pruitt discussed having guys work at multiple positions.

“We’ve already done some things since we’ve been here, playing a few guys on both sides of the ball or working them on one side. Last year, Quavaris Crouch played running back, Jeremy Banks has played running back, Aaron Beasley has played running back since he’s been here. We’ve used defensive players as tight ends in short yardage and goal line. You’ve got to be creative. I feel like if it gets to that point, my high school background will probably create an advantage for us. We’ve definitely talked about, ‘do we need an emergency guy at certain positions?’ In fact, I just actually talked to our team about that. It’s the reason we practice the way we practice is to develop the entire team. We’ve always done that, so we’ll continue to do that, and it gives everybody an opportunity to continue to grow as a player.”

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The Vols will be off on Friday, but we will hear from QB Jarrett Guarantano, Theo Jackson, and LaTrell Bumphus.

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