Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt was encouraged by what he saw in UT’s 38-12 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs.
But that doesn’t mean Pruitt is ok with what happened on Saturday in Athens.
Pruitt was quick to point out after the game that he wasn’t trying to proclaim a moral victory simply because the Vols played better than expected against the Bulldogs.
Pruitt: There’s no moral victories, but we made good steps as a program. I’m not gonna stand up here and be proud we lost.
— WVLT Sports (@wvltsports) September 29, 2018
The first year head coach went a step further with his criticisms during his weekly coaches show on Sunday, bemoaning the Volunteers’ inability to stop Georgia at the end of the first half. He also mentioned Tennessee not being able to convert early in the game on third downs as something that concerned him.
Something else Pruitt wasn’t happy with?
Passing plays that went for negative yards.
Jeremy Pruitt watching back the Georgia film: “I’m not real fired up about these passes that go for minus 2”
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) September 30, 2018
As a side note, I love Pruitt’s direct approach to breaking down film. He’s probably not trying to come across as humorous with that comment, but it made me laugh.
While it’s obvious that Pruitt likes the progress of his team, he’s still far from happy with where his team’s at.
Of course, I don’t think Pruitt will ever be satisfied. And that’s what could potentially make him a great coach in the SEC (it’s one of Nick Saban’s best qualities, so perhaps it rubbed off on Pruitt).
The Vols still have a LONG way to go. Pruitt is damn determined to get them back to the top.
Only time will tell if he can do what the three coaches before him have failed to do.
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