One of the worst moments of the Tennessee Vols’ 2017 season (at least until all the craziness of the coaching search started) was when UT failed to score from the one yard line against Florida.
Tennessee didn’t score because they lined up in the shotgun and refused to run the ball.
And fans were understandably not happy. Especially after they went on to lose the game 26-20 via a hail mary.
Butch Jones is one yard from scoring a TD and he calls a fricking pass play?! That’s why he has to go
— Superman81 (@ManOfSteel37013) September 17, 2017
On Thursday, during the Vols’ National Signing Day celebration in Nashville, a fan asked Jeremy Pruitt if, hypothetically, he would line up in the shotgun from the one yard line against Florida.
— Jacob O’Brien (@JacobOB23) February 8, 2018
And also a very good question.
Pruitt, for what it’s worth, was non-commital to an answer.
I’ve had a lot of people ask what Pruitt’s answer was. He was noncommittal, basically. https://t.co/zUsNyEH5M3
— Ryan Callahan (@RyanCallahan247) February 8, 2018
I’m not surprised that Pruitt didn’t give a definitive answer. No coach is going to give away strategy. And I’m also sure he didn’t want to take a direct jab at Butch Jones and the previous staff.
Helton, however, wouldn’t commit to Jarrett Guarantano being the quarterback that took the snap from the goal line (which obviously means the Vols haven’t settled on a starting quarterback for 2018).
By the way, Helton said this week that Tennessee will be a “power run” team next season. So I’d bet the Vols will be lining up under center a little more often in 2018.
Which should make Vol fans extremely happy.
Featured image via Knoxville News Sentinel