KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt was not pleased with the overall product last Saturday during the Orange and White Game, but he did point out the Vols will look different this fall once at full strength.
“This summer there will be a learning curve,” Pruitt said. “But at least we’ll have a chance to build on what we’ve done this spring.”
What Pruitt has done is install a new base offense, a new base defense, and perhaps most importantly, learn his personnel.
That baseline is important, because he said about another 30 or so players will be in the mix when Tennessee resumes football drills in August.
“We had 12 guys that didn’t play [Saturday] — only four guys have been injured since I was here,” Pruitt said. “I’ll be excited to get those guys out there this summer.
“The good thing is in a couple of weeks we’ll have a bunch of guys that aren’t on the injury report anymore, we’ll have 14 new guys here and maybe more.”
Among the key players that missed the Orange and White Game that could provide an immediate boost upon returning:
• WR Jauan Jennings
• OL Trey Smith
• MLB Daniel Bituli
• MLB Darrin Kirkland Jr.
• SS Todd Kelly Jr.
That competition that will arrive in June — which includes grad transfer quarterback Keller Chryst and running back Madre London — will only raise the intensity and improve the product.