The countdown has reached 17 days before the season opener.
Jeremy Pruitt and the Tennessee football team are 11 practices into fall camp. With 14 more to go, Pruitt is continuing to demand a persistent team.
“Practice is still inconsistent,” Pruitt said. We have a lot of periods that are really competitive, guys trying to strain and do exactly what we want them to do and then we got sometimes in practices where it’s not so good. So we got to focus on being consistent. We got guys that have come along way as far as knowledge and figuring out exactly what they are supposed to do at their position. We’ve got to continue to grow, grow as a team, learn to play together but there are a lot of positives out there.”
One of the positives for Pruitt is at running back.
All of these guys at running back, they’ve really done a good job kind of bonding together,” Pruitt said. “I see them competing out there with each other every day and I see a closeness in that group that I like. They work hard. They’re trying to perfect their craft and they’re doing a good job with ball security and a good job in protections, all of them.”
While the Vols are lacking experience in returners at that position, Pruitt brought in graduate transfer Madre London to help fix that. London, who scored eight touchdowns in three seasons at Michigan State, has already made an impression on his new head coach.
“Madre is very mature,” Pruitt said. “He really fits in nicely with these guys…When you see guys that are new in the program that weren’t here in the spring that are picking things up, you know that they’ve had help from some of the guys that have been here before, and I think that’s a good sign.”