Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt hands out compliments about as often as he gives one-on-one interviews to reporters.
In other words, compliments from Pruitt are rare.
But just because they’re rare doesn’t mean they don’t happen.
During the first week of fall camp, Pruitt heaped praise on true freshman linebacker Henry To’oto’o. Pruitt said the California native is “what you’re looking for in a linebacker”.
Pruitt also recently praised true freshman linebacker Quavaris Crouch, calling him a “playmaker”.
On Saturday, Pruitt gave out some lofty compliments to another true freshman — this time an offensive player.
The second year Vols head coach called running back Eric Gray a “mature” player who “gets it the first time”. Pruitt also mentioned that Gray has good ball skills and vision, while adding “He jumps out….we’re excited about him. I think he’s had a really good camp so far.”
It’s not a surprise to see that Gray is performing well so far during fall camp. The Memphis native was rated as a four-star recruit out of high school.
As a recruit, 247Sports described Gray as an effective pass catcher with good instincts.
It appears he’s living up to that evaluation.
I recently mentioned Gray as one of five unexpected Vols that could have a big impact for Tennessee in 2019.
And I believe that now more than ever.
Junior Ty Chandler will be the Vols’ starting running back in 2019. The Nashville native is explosive and deserves to be the starter.
But Gray should see plenty of playing time behind Chandler. Gray is able to make defenders miss in space, while Chandler is more of a home run threat when he touches the ball.
The combination of Chandler and Gray will give Tennessee a dangerous running back duo that could potentially wreak havoc on the SEC.
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