Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt addressed the media on Friday following UT’s first fall practice and updated the status of several players.
Pruitt told reporters that redshirt senior wide receiver Jauan Jennings, who underwent knee surgery during the summer, is “ready to go”. According to Pruitt, Jennings will be on a “pitch count” to start fall camp.
Pruitt says Jauan Jennings is “ready to go.” Says he’ll be monitored “a bit” for about a week and says he’ll be on “a pitch count” for just a little.
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) August 2, 2019
Jennings is an important part of the Vols’ offense. He’s a chain mover that also excels at being a physical blocker down the field. The passing game and the running game would suffer without Jennings on the field.
Pruitt also addressed junior offensive lineman Trey Smith’s status on Friday.
Smith, who is hoping to play football after dealing with the effects from blood clots in his lungs, practiced on Friday. But the Tennessee native didn’t do any contact work. For now, Pruitt says that UT is in wait and see mode with Smith.
Pruitt: “Trey has probably worked as hard as anybody in our football program this offseason, so if he was going to have an opportunity, he’d be ready. We’ve got a long way to go with that. We’re just taking that one day at a time.”
— David Ubben (@davidubben) August 2, 2019
Pruitt also announced that true freshman Jerrod Means will work with the cornerbacks this fall. Means signed with Tennessee as a wide receiver out of Lovejoy, GA, but Pruitt says his best opportunity to get on the field this fall will be as a defensive back. Means is a speedy 6-foot-2 athlete, so he certainly fits the mold of a “Pruitt defensive back”.
The decision to move Means to the defensive side of the ball (for now) likely signals that Pruitt is satisfied with Tennessee’s wide receiver depth.
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