Anfernee Jennings reflects on Pruitt's demand for excellence and wanting to play for him

Anfernee Jennings reflects on Pruitt's demand for excellence and wanting to play for him

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Anfernee Jennings reflects on Pruitt's demand for excellence and wanting to play for him

ATLANTA — Alabama linebacker Anfernee Jennings took on SEC Media Days and reflected back on his time playing under Jeremy Pruitt.

Jennings believes “Coach Pruitt will do great” at Tennessee as the Vols’ new head coach.

Pruitt’s qualities are reasons why Jennings thinks his former defensive coordinator will do well in restoring a championship mentality at UT.

“He is a great leader, a great guy and I just look forward to the season,” Jennings said.

Pruitt wants to bring in four-for-four guys into his program, guys that can play all four linebacker positions. Having players flexible in moving around allows for guys to be in different roles if injuries occur or called on in playing different offenses and defending them schematically.

Jennings says that is something Pruitt stressed while at Alabama.

“You do not want to limit yourself to play one position,” he said. “You want to be able and play multiple positions which helps the team’s success.”

Jennings played outside linebacker and also placed his hand down on the line occasionally under Pruitt at Alabama. He also has the ability to step back and cover. Jennings said “whatever Coach Pruitt wanted me to do I could pretty much do it.”

As Tosh Lupoi takes over for Pruitt at Alabama, Jennings says both coaches “demand excellence of their players and are very energetic, they make you want to come play football for them.”

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