KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s Orange and White Game proves to be revealing in many respects, and it might also serve as the curtain call for players who don’t fit the program.
Coach Jeremy Pruitt likes the direction his team is headed, but there are only 22 starting spots on offense and defense, and the players were put on notice at the start of spring drills that all of their positions are on the line.
The Orange and White Game, which takes place at 2 p.m. April 21 at Neyland Stadium, will be revealing from the time the players take the field.
Pruitt has said the first-team offense and second-team defense will be matched against the first-team defense and second-team offense.
To this point, there haven’t been any first- or second-team players, only “rep charts,” Pruitt said.
“We’re gonna format it so it’s exciting, I hope,” Pruitt said, indicating the defensive blitz packages will be limited if allowed at all.
“The last four minutes of each half it will be 2-minute [offenses] … doesn’t matter what the score is, so 2-minute [offenses] back and forth so there’s a little bit of excitement.”
There will be trick plays and deep passes, Pruitt said, knowing the Vols need work on the vertical game.
Besides, “no one wants to see you run zone or power over and over and sit on the clock, so we want to play and put our players out there to compete,” he said.
Pruitt wants to find out who his players are, and in the process, find out who they aren’t.
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