Charles Davis has 'full support' for Pruitt, looking forward to 'competing for championships down the road'

Charles Davis has 'full support' for Pruitt, looking forward to 'competing for championships down the road'

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Charles Davis has 'full support' for Pruitt, looking forward to 'competing for championships down the road'

Charles Davis is a class act and represents his alma mater in a great manner.

Davis was most recently on UT’s campus for John Ward’s remembrance service following his passing.

The VFL gave his thoughts on the new era of Tennessee football with Jeremy Pruitt as head coach and says there “is an element of new.”

“I am excited for Coach Pruitt and what lies ahead,” Davis told Vols Wire. “Obviously he has some work to do or he would not have been here in the first place.”

Pruitt’s resume of being on staff for five national championship teams since 2009 was a focal point in athletics director Phillip Fulmer hiring him from Alabama.

The Alabama and Tennessee rivalry aside, Fulmer’s hiring was about getting the best person for the job and that is what Pruitt brings.

“He does not have any Tennessee ties other than the fact that he is the head coach at Tennessee,” Davis said of Pruitt. “I love having Vols involved, but if the person is not a Vol and he becomes our head coach and it works out, I’m fine with that. General Neyland was not a Vol before he got here.”

Pruitt has mentioned Tennessee’s traditions as early as his introductory press conference last December. Making it a point of discussing his understanding and respecting of UT’s traditions while also having Fulmer at his side for any questions will be in his favor.

“Having a Vol in Coach Fulmer at the helm helps Pruitt big time,” Davis said. “The learning curve of understanding the traditions, who we are about, the things that are important to Tennessee people – just kind of guiding him through the process.

“It also takes some of the PR pressure off of Coach Pruitt. I have not had the pleasure in meeting him yet, but I have talked to a number of people and he is an all ball guy. There is nothing wrong having a coach that is all about ball, but Coach Fulmer can handle a lot of that other stuff. Offense, defense, special teams – is this man a leader, one that can recruit players and put them in the right positions and coach them while they are on campus and compete – that is what he is there for.”

With Pruitt’s first season approaching, the goal is to build the program back to a level of competing for championships and beating rivals on a regular basis. That is something Davis dealt with as a player when he was a freshman in 1982.

Davis’ freshman class ended the 11-year losing streak to Alabama and then ended a road game drought to the Crimson Tide the next season.

Davis asks, which UT class will take the next step in getting the Vols back in the win column on the Third Saturday in October?

“When I got to school in 1982, we were freshmen and we beat Alabama for the first time in 11 years,” he said. “Then in 1983, we went to Birmingham and played them and we beat them that year, too. So who is going to be that class, that group to usher in a new era and in conjunction with the other classes that are around them and gives them that chance and make the Third Saturday in October something special again? We are counting on Coach Pruitt and his crew to make it that way and Coach Fulmer can tell him all about it going 11-5 against Alabama.

“I have full support, and a Vol through and through, so I wish him all the best. I am looking forward to getting back and playing at a level we are accustomed to in competing for the SEC East and SEC championships down the road. Getting back to a point where our Alabama game is not just a conversation about remembering the good old days when we actually used to compete.”

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