Josh continues his yeoman’s work reviewing last year’s offense with this take on what happened in Knoxville here and here, but my favorite play from that game was this play from the defense:
From the first “oooh” you can hear in the background as Stokes delivers the hit to the ref’s block to help spring Crowder, to the way Crowder ducks under the oncoming Vol to finish the play, it’s really a perfect fifteen seconds of Georgia football. Gotta love it.
“At least,” he said to himself as he saw Barrett Sallee tweet that Georgia is no longer the favorite to win the SEC East, “Sallee’s not trying to push Tennessee’s chances.”
Somebody’s got way too much time on his hands.
This survey of the Tennessee fan base at The Athletic ($$), is such a perfect picture of the Vol mindset. One example:
How would you rate Jeremy Pruitt’s performance so far as Tennessee’s coach? (1: poor, 5: excellent)
- 4: 70.7 percent
- 3: 22.1 percent
- 5: 7.2 percent
Fascinating that not a single respondent rated Pruitt below a three. Every college football fan base is fickle, but I’d have been curious to see these numbers when Tennessee was 1-4.
This one’s even better.
How would you rate Pruitt’s performance as a gameday coach?
- 4: 53.4 percent
- 3: 37.2 percent
- 5: 6.6 percent
- 2: 2.8 percent
How would you rate Pruitt’s performance as a recruiter?
- 4: 62.6 percent
- 5: 27.7 percent
- 3: 9.3 percent
- 2: 0.3 percent
This is a fascinating result. Pruitt has actually recruited somewhat worse than Butch Jones and inherited a lot of underdeveloped talent, but fans were significantly more pleased with Pruitt’s work as a recruiter than his work as an on-field coach.
Pruitt’s first three recruiting classes ranked:
- 21st nationally, 8th SEC
- 13th nationally, 7th SEC
- 10th nationally, 7th SEC
Butch Jones recruiting:
- 25th nationally, 11th SEC
- 7th nationally, 5th SEC
- 4th nationally, 2nd SEC
- 14th nationally, 7th SEC
- 17th nationally, 7th SEC
Just imagine how they’ll feel about the next guy.
Here’s almost eight minutes on the chance that either Florida or Tennessee wins the SEC East this season:
Georgia’s hiring of Scott Cochran begat Alabama’s hiring of Indiana’s strength coach, which, in turn, begat Indiana’s hire of the New York Giants’ strength coach, which, in turn, begat…
Confirming a number of earlier reports, Vols strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald announced on his Twitter account that he would indeed be leaving Rocky Top for the same position with the New York Giants.
Kirby’s playing chess on a dimension I can’t even comprehend any more.
… when you’ve got five quarterbacks, you must be at Tennessee.