If anyone has any insight into what it takes to win on Rocky Top, it’s former Tennessee Vols tight end Jason Witten.

Witten, who played under Phillip Fulmer, was part of Tennessee’s 2001 squad that finished No. 4 in the nation (a surprising loss to LSU in the SEC championship game is the only thing that kept them from reaching the national championship game). Suffice it to say, he knows what a good football coach looks like.

The former Vol standout recently spoke about Jeremy Pruitt and how he thinks the new UT head coach will fare in Knoxville.

There’s no doubt that Pruitt is an “old school football coach”. The phrase “no-nonsense kind of guy” has been used ad nauseam to describe Pruitt over the last several months.

But it rings true.

Pruitt doesn’t have time for gimmicks or dumb slogans. He’s in Knoxville for one reason and one reason only — to win football games.

While it’s not unusual for former players to support new head coaches at their alma mater, I think Witten’s words about Pruitt are on point.

Witten didn’t just give a “hit and run” endorsement of Pruitt. I sensed a bit of passion and excitement in his voice. I truly believe that Witten thinks Pruitt will be the guy to finally turn things around at Tennessee.

And if he’s not, then it just means Witten will have to once again deny any interest in being the Vols’ head coach.

Featured image via USA Today 

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