Tennessee held its football media day Sunday, followed by an autograph session and practice. Fans started lining up outside Neyland Stadium as early as 7 a.m.
Jeremy Pruitt bluntly acknowledges the challenge he faces revitalizing a program coming off one of its worst seasons ever, but he said Friday after Tennessee’s first practice of the preseason that he sees at least some small signs of encouragement.
Tennessee opened its first preseason practice under new football coach Jeremy Pruitt on Friday. The Vols had about 30 more players available than in spring drills, among them graduate transfers Keller Chryst, Brandon Kennedy and Madre London.
New Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt wants to serve as his staff’s sole public voice while keeping his assistants away from the media. “When you’re talking, you want one message,” Pruitt said.
Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith was dealing with blood clots in his lungs when he missed spring practice.
Tennessee suspended defensive lineman Ryan Thaxton from team activities on Monday, one day after his arrest on charges of false imprisonment and domestic assault.
Tennessee’s football team boosted its offensive line by adding Alabama graduate transfer Brandon Kennedy, the university announced Tuesday.
“Some guys competed pretty hard. They may not be doing things perfect, but they’re headed in the right direction, something you can build off of. And then I saw a couple of guys out there today that just flat-out quit.”
Tennessee’s first spring under new football coach Jeremy Pruitt is noteworthy for what isn’t being said. Pruitt hasn’t mentioned a single player by name at any of his past three post-practice sessions with reporters, which lasted a combined total of more than 45 minutes.
Jeremy Pruitt, the former Alabama defensive coordinator, has taken over a Tennessee program that went 4-8 last season while setting a school record for losses and failing to win a single SEC game.
Former Michigan State running back Madre London announced Sunday via social media that he plans to graduate and transfer to Tennessee.
Keller Chryst started seven games for Stanford last season before getting replaced by K.J. Costello, and he transferred to Tennessee looking for an opportunity to compete.
Tennessee will hold the first spring football game of Jeremy Pruitt’s coaching tenure April 21 at 2 p.m., the university announced Tuesday.
"I would like to thank everyone at the University of Tennessee program for the opportunity over these past three years to play the game I love at the highest level of college football as part of Vol Nation," the junior said on Twitter.
Alabama’s defense scored a pair of touchdowns just 13 seconds apart in the third quarter to turn an offensive slog into a 24-6 rout of defending national champion Clemson in the Sugar Bowl semifinal game Monday night.