New Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt used a recently-acquired South Carolina connection to add a couple former Gamecocks players to his strength and conditioning staff.
Pruitt, who hired former Houston Texans and South Carolina strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald about a week ago, has now brought aboard two players who spent time in Columbia — linebacker Shaq Wilson and defensive tackle Byron Jerideau. Both confirmed the news via Twitter on Friday.
— Byron Jerideau (@JerideauB) January 12, 2018
Thanks brother love you 🤜🏾🤛🏾 https://t.co/w0A0dKqJ1r
— Shaquille Wilson (@Shaq__Wilson) January 13, 2018
Maybe no team in the country has been snakebitten by injuries more than Tennessee in recent seasons, so these moves bolster an area where the Vols may need some additional help.
Wilson played under Steve Spurrier from 2008-12, leading the team in tackles (86) in his final season. He also recorded 4.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles in 2012
After redshirting in 2008, Jerideau played for South Carolina from 2009-12. As a fifth-year senior, Jerideau started every game for the Gamecocks. He especially shined around the iron, earning the Outstanding Weight Room award at the team’s spring game in 2012.