Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt wasn’t very happy after the Orange and White game on Saturday afternoon.

In fact, he seemed quite pissed off, to put it bluntly.

Pruitt called everyone out, from players that he felt didn’t give enough effort, to fans who didn’t show up (the announced attendance was over 65,000 — Tennessee’s fourth largest crowd for a spring game).

The recently hired Vols head coach said he felt several players “flat out quit” on Saturday.

Pruitt also gave the Volunteers’ offense a barely passing grade for the spring.

If you’re a Vols fan, those comments probably don’t make you feel very confident heading into the 2018 season.

But I think it should actually make Vol fans more confident.

It’s a new era on Rocky Top. Gone are the days of looking for silver linings and making things look better than they really are.

Pruitt has high expectations. We haven’t seen expectations this high on Rocky Top since before the Lane Kiffin era.

Take Pruitt’s fan remark for example. Tennessee had a tremendous turnout for the spring game. 65,000 fans showed for a glorified scrimmage. There are plenty of schools who can’t get that many fans to a regular season game (the majority of college football stadiums don’t even hold 65,000 fans).

But Pruitt felt the turnout could’ve been better. It wasn’t up to his standards.

The same thing is going to go for UT football. There will be some games that Tennessee wins under Pruitt where he’s pissed off after the game (sounds a lot like Nick Saban) because it could’ve been better.

That’s the kind of attitude the Volunteers have been missing over the last decade.

And that’s why I think Pruitt’s negative attitude on Saturday should be viewed by Tennessee fans as a positive.

Pruitt’s never going to be satisfied. He’s going to keep pushing for better results, regardless of the outcomes.

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