If you remember how Jeremy Pruitt weeded out (see what I did there?) a fair number of defensive players from Georgia’s roster upon his arrival, this shouldn’t come as any real surprise.
Who will leave?
Pruitt means business, and he knows that coddling players is not the way to get the Vols competing for championships. His take-it-or-leave attitude may not jibe with all the players he is inheriting from former coach Butch Jones.
Tennessee’s roster has stayed mostly intact through the transition so far, but after 15 spring practices it’s likely that at least a few players will decide to depart. This creates a delicate balancing act for the new coaching staff, because the Vols can ill afford to lose much depth. It would be especially taxing to the 2018 roster if any scholarship offensive linemen decide to leave.
I can’t imagine that in his first shot as a head coach, Pruitt is of a mind to compromise his management principles. I also can’t imagine there aren’t at least a few of Booch’s recruits who won’t see eye-to-eye with the new regime.
Between that and the shaky health in certain key areas like the offensive line, I can’t help but wonder what the over/under on the number of scholarship athletes on UT’s roster will be by the time the season opener rolls around.