When Phillip Fulmer hired Jeremy Pruitt to replace Butch Jones as the Tennessee Vols’ head coach, he did it largely based on the promise that Pruitt would put together an elite coaching staff on Rocky Top.

Pruitt more than delivered on that promise, bringing in a lineup of coaches that have a wealth of experience at the highest levels of college football.

One of those coaches is defensive tackles coach Tracy Rocker.

Rocker, who has coached in the SEC via stops at Arkansas, Ole Miss, Auburn and Georgia, is coaching Tennessee’s defensive linemen to hide their deficiencies (which he believes everyone has) by playing hard.

I like Rocker’s coaching style. I think it’s something Tennessee’s young defensive linemen will respond well to this upcoming season.

Rocker gets that you can’t play perfect all the time. Mistakes, while they obviously need to be limited, are going to happen.

But playing with great effort, and playing harder than the man you’re going up against, will make up for some of those mistakes (it will also help to minimize them).

Greg Emerson, an early enrollee, is already on board with Rocker’s coaching philosophy.

The Vols have some good talent along their defensive line. It will be very interesting to see what Rocker is able to get out them as a group in 2018.

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