Tennessee Football has struggled with depth in recent years, but Jeremy Pruitt is making sure he prepares his team for every scenario ahead of the season.
In recent years, Tennessee football has struggled when the depth gets thin, but Jeremy Pruitt is trying to prepare his football team for every scenario ahead of the 2020 season.
Tennessee could lose more players than usual this season with COVID-19 threatening to take away any player at any time this season. There’s no guarantee that Tennessee will consistently have any of its playmakers this fall.
Pruitt is already preparing for that possibility during practice. It’s almost guaranteed to happen at some point, so Pruitt is trying to get ahead of the game.
"“We have to have a lot of people ready to play, because you never know who is going to be in or out,” said Pruitt on Monday."
This is likely something that every college football coach is preparing for, so it will come down to who can prepare their players the best ahead of each game. Every player also has to be willing to put in the same time, if not more time, than starters to make sure they’re ready to play.
With Tennessee’s recent history when it comes to struggling to have decent depth, it’s worrying knowing that the Vols could be in another situation where a couple of leaders are forced to quarantine and leave the Vols without their leadership on the field and in the locker room.
It’s just another thing for coaches and players throughout college football to prepare for this season. So far, it doesn’t seem like teams have been affected too bad from COVID-19 when it comes to player availability, not to mention the NFL’s ability to contain COVID-19 so far. Hopefully, that will continue when the SEC season begins.