It’s going to be a long off-season for Jeremy Pruitt and the Tennessee Vols.
Pruitt’s Volunteers fell to the Vanderbilt Commodores 38-13 in Nashville on Saturday evening, ending Tennessee’s bowl game hopes.
It was a tough ending to the 2018 season for the Vols.
Tennessee seemingly took a step forward this season with wins against Auburn and Kentucky, but the team looked completely uninterested the past two weeks in playing in a bowl game.
The Vols’ performances against Missouri and Vanderbilt were two of their worst efforts of the season.
Perhaps Tennessee, with a thin roster, just ran out of gas at the end of the season.
Considering the state of the team when Pruitt inherited it (the strength program wasn’t exactly a priority under previous head coach Butch Jones), it’s certainly possible that the team just didn’t have anything left in the tank after the win against Kentucky.
Either way, it’s clear that Pruitt has a lot of work to do to get Tennessee back to being relevant in the SEC.
Going 5-7 isn’t how the Vols wanted to finish the 2018 season. But I think it’s also obvious that the team is better than they were a year ago.
Recruiting is the only way that Tennessee will get better. Pruitt can implement whatever schemes he wants. Everyone knows his defensive schemes work.
But they won’t work if the Vols don’t have the personnel to run them.
Tennessee has talent on the way. And I think Pruitt can get the most out of the talent on its way.
Unfortunately for Vol fans, it’s going to be another off-season of “wait just a little longer”.
Tennessee fans are tired of waiting, but right now it’s the only choice they have.
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