Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt isn’t one to mince words.

If he thinks his team practiced or played bad, he’s not going to sugar coat it in front of reporters.

So when Pruitt gives out a compliment or hands a player some praise, it carries weight.

On Thursday, after Tennessee’s first spring practice, Pruitt came across as…..pleased.

I know, shocking.

A year ago at this time, you could see in Pruitt’s face how displeased he was with his team in spring practice. He knew they had a long way to go and he didn’t try to hide it.

But this year, it sounds like Pruitt is actually encouraged by what he saw on the field on day one.

I don’t think it’s wise for fans to get excited because of spring practice — especially the first spring practice. But I think Pruitt’s words should give fans a bit of optimism heading into the 2019 season. It’s way too early to even think about how the Vols’ 2019 season will play out, but I definitely think Tennessee is poised to take a big step forward in Pruitt’s second year.


  • Newcomer Eric Gray (RB) will miss spring practice due to a shoulder surgery.
  • Linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr and defensive back Tyus Fields are limited.
  • Offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy could play if it was a game situation, but the staff is taking it slow with him as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered early last season.
  • Jeremy Banks will start spring practice at running back.
  • Quavaris Crouch started at inside linebacker due to a lack of depth with Kirkland banged up.

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