Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt hasn’t coached a game for the Volunteers yet, but people already are beginning to believe.
Add college football writer Tony Barnhart to list of people hopping on the Pruitt bandwagon.
For fun: SEC East projected conference records:
1. Georgia (7-1)
2. S. Carolina (6-2)
3. Florida (5-3)
4. Tennessee (4-4)
5. Kentucky (2-6)
5. Missouri (2-6)
7. Vanderbilt (1-7)
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— Tony Barnhart (@MrCFB) May 22, 2018
The four projected SEC wins come against Missouri, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Florida. A win over the rival Gators would be a great way to announce Pruitt’s presence to the SEC. It’s not far-fetched, either.
Florida won 26-20 in 2017, thanks to a 63-yard touchdown pass as time expired. The game will be played in Knoxville, Tenn., this season, which could give the Vols the advantage.
Pruitt has turned a lot of heads with his recruiting ability so far. The question mark of how well he does coaching games will have to wait until the fall to be answered. He has a terrific pedigree as a defensive coordinator, which should give a boost to the Vols on that side of the ball.
WMNL’s Josh Ward breaks down Barnhart’s prediction on Rocky Talk. Ward also brings on Class of 2019 commit Lakia Henry to discuss why he chose the Vols and where the class might go from here. Ward finished the show talking about basketball and CBSSports’s Gary Parrish’s preseason ranking of the Volunteers at No. 3.