Jeremy Pruitt’s first couple of years as the Tennessee Vols’ head coach have been quite eventful.
Pruitt landed the job in 2017 after the Vols’ wild coaching search that included nearly hiring Mike Leach, a flirtation with Jon Gruden and, of course, an offer to Mike Gundy (as is customary in a UT coaching search).
Somehow, despite the disastrous search, the Vols managed to end up with a perfect fit.
Pruitt is the first Tennessee coach since Phillip Fulmer that feels like he truly “fits in” at Tennessee. Pruitt is a football first kind of guy. He’s no nonsense. Pruitt doesn’t care about the off-the-field media stuff (like previous head coach Butch Jones), he just cares about winning on-the-field.
During Pruitt’s first two years at Tennessee, we’ve seen some low lows (losing to Georgia State) and some highs.
Here are some of those highs — Pruitt’s five best moments (so far) at Tennessee.
Win against Auburn in 2018
Jeremy Pruitt’s first season on Rocky Top had plenty of highs and lows. The Vols had a rough season opener against West Virginia, losing 40-14 in Charlotte.
The end of the season was pretty rough, too. Tennessee lost their final two games of the season in blowout fashion to Missouri and Vanderbilt.
The high point of the season, however, came on October 13, when Tennessee was able to get a 30-24 win on the road against Auburn. At the time, the Tigers were ranked No. 21 in the nation. A week earlier, Auburn was in the top 10.
UT’s win against Auburn in 2018 was their first win against an SEC West team since 2010. It was their first road win against an SEC West team since 2007.
The Vols finished 5-7 in 2018, but the win against Auburn gave fans some hope that Pruitt was the right coach for Tennessee.
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