Kyle Phillips on Pruitt: 'A coach that has his players’ backs'

Kyle Phillips on Pruitt: 'A coach that has his players’ backs'

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Kyle Phillips on Pruitt: 'A coach that has his players’ backs'

ATLANTA — Defensive lineman Kyle Phillips said of his new head coach at SEC Media Days, that Jeremy Pruitt is “a coach that has his players’ backs.”

“When Coach Pruitt came in, it was definitely exciting,” Phillips said. “Since he got on campus, he is always been in my face with what we did wrong. I definitely have so much respect for him for taking up for my teammates.”

Pruitt’s track record of winning two high school state championships and five FBS national championships since 2004 as an assistant coach stands out to Phillips in trusting the process of building a championship culture at Tennessee.

“Just knowing the track record he has and putting multiple players on to the next level,” he said. “All the championships he won as a defensive coordinator or assistant coach, it has definitely given me and my teammates a lot of confidence. We are very excited about him as our head coach, and we are ready for this upcoming season.

“Coach Pruitt told us to just think about the little things, the details, discipline, playing the full quarter. It is really not as much about the team as it is about the details that really separate you from being great. In this conference, everybody is talented, but it is the details that could separate the good teams, the bad teams, the great teams, and the teams that win national championships and the teams that do not. That is what we have been focusing on this offseason, and that is what we are going to keep on doing.”

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