Tennessee football has a BYE Week, and Jeremy Pruitt addressed the media on Wednesday, and it looks like we might see a QB change come next Saturday.
Jeremy Pruitt addressed the media and made some good and bad points which make me very happy and very nervous about Pruitt’s self-awareness.
With that being said, for the good news, we could be getting a change at quarterback for the Georgia game. Pruitt made it clear there will be some kind of change there because “there’s no secrets anymore.”
"“We have to change the reps,” Pruitt said at his presser. “We have to. There’s no secrets anymore. We have to get better production out of that position. … We have to give those guys an opportunity and we have a chance to do that this week.”"
In my opinion, the BYE Week came at a perfect time for this team and this season. Through the first four games of the season, we now have an idea of what we have at every position on that football time and can make adjustments for the long road ahead.
There’s no doubt the Tennessee schedule will only become more difficult from here on out but keeping Jarrett Guarantano as the starting quarterback just because he has experience isn’t going to change the outcome of any future games.
On the other side of that, is it worth throwing in either JT Shrout or Brian Maurer in that torcher chamber and hope they come out on the other side as a better quarterback?
I don’t think that’s even a valid question right now. We know what Guarantano brings to the table, and we saw a glimpse of what Maurer can bring to the table when he played against Chattanooga and Florida.
From the small sample size, I have seen I think either Shrout or Maurer brings more energy and a better chance to win every game for the rest of the season. Pruitt finally realizes that, and now things are changing with the reps percentages in practice.
Pruitt also said in his presser that all of Tennessee’s QBs are getting equal reps this week in practice. This is a great week to do that so you can equally evaluate each player and make a decision and allow the team to work with the guy chosen all next week.
So there is the positive coming out of the Wednesday press conference, but there was also one quote I found worrisome. With this quote, it made me think Pruitt has no self-awareness of his situation, or he doesn’t know how bad this team really is.
"“Our football team is 100 times better than it was this time last year,” Pruitt said."
My goodness if last year’s team were that bad, I would love to see how they’d do against Georgia State. There’s no way that team last year was that bad. They beat two quality opponents in Auburn and Kentucky while this year’s team will be lucky to beat UAB and Vanderbilt.
I don’t know what to think about Pruitt. One minute he seems like he’s figuring things out and the next minute he says something like that. All I have to say is if he can start winning it won’t matter what he says in his press conferences, but he’s not doing that right now.
Let’s hope we can figure something out by the end of the week at the QB position and let’s get 100 times better than we were last week.