Jeremy Pruitt has been consistent all season in highlighting the Vols inconsistencies after every game.
Tennessee dominated in their win over then No. 11 Kentucky on Saturday, yet Pruitt didn’t change his message from the nine Monday press conferences prior.
“We’ve been really different in each of those ten games,” Pruitt said. “Some of them we’ve played the right way, Some of them we’ve played the right way for certain periods of time, some of them we haven’t. We’re looking to be able to play the right way for 60 minutes. We’re still searching for a four-quarter game.”
The Vols have struggled to consistently produce in their ground game this season, a week prior to Kentucky ending sixty minutes of play with just 20 rushing yards. On Saturday, Big Orange finished with nearly 11 times that. Sophomore wide receiver Marquez Callaway attributes the inconsistencies to practice tendencies.
“I think we should lock in more,” Callaway explains. “I think we should watch more film than we used to and have more consistency at practice. I think that’s what we lack on offense is, some days we’ll be great on offense and some days we’ll go three-and-out just like that. I think if we’re more consistent and execute more we’ll become a better offense.”
The Vols defense put the SEC’s leading rusher Benny Snell in a stranglehold, limiting all rushers to 77 total yards. Tennessee had five sacks, a pair of turnovers and nine tackles for a loss, but playing a full game is still a priority.
“We played a great game on Saturday, but still there were a lot of mistakes, a lot of turnovers that we had that we’ve got to correct, and just mental mistakes,” defensive lineman Kyle Phillips said. “We have to make sure we clean that up moving forward for these last two games, so we can get to a bowl game.”
The Vols now sit just one win away from postseason play with two games left on the schedule. On Saturday, Pruitt said Tennessee is supposed to be in a bowl game and for the future of this program it could be valuable.
“The only way you can get better at something is to repeatedly do it over and over, so you get extra practices, you get an extra game,” Pruitt said. “So, I think if you go about your business the right way and work hard during those practices, you have a chance to improve.”