Brandon Johnson: ‘Pruitt is a guy you want to play for, give your all for’

Brandon Johnson: ‘Pruitt is a guy you want to play for, give your all for’

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Brandon Johnson: ‘Pruitt is a guy you want to play for, give your all for’

KNOXVILLE — Junior wide receiver Brandon Johnson met with the media ahead of the West Virginia game.

Johnson feels that the Tennessee team has bought into Jeremy Pruitt’s program.

“I feel like the buy-in is really good at this point,” he said. “Coach Pruitt has brought in a system that it has great energy around it. Coach Pruitt is a guy you want to play for. He is a hard-nosed coach that you want to give your all for.”

Pruitt being direct and being a hard-nosed coach who teaches fundamentals and technique are what has made him a championship coach.

“He is definitely direct and that it has carried over to the players,” Johnson said. “There is a lot more accountability on the team as a result from Coach Pruitt’s directness, voicing what he wants, how he wants it and when he wants it done.”

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As the season approaches, the quarterback competition continues and whoever plays at the position will have targets to throw to.

“I’m excited about the depth that we have,” Johnson said of the wide receivers. “All of us can go out there and play at a high level.

“I feel like all the quarterbacks have been helpful towards each other and whoever ends up getting it will have support from all of the quarterbacks.”

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Offensive coordinator Tyson Helton and wide receivers coach David Johnson have played a part in coaching and making players better since they have arrived at UT.

“We all love Coach Johnson,” Johnson said. “He has developed a relationship with us and we feel like we have known him for a long time. We are really close in the receivers room.

“Coach Helton is hard-nosed just like Coach Pruitt. He knows what he wants and how he wants it and it’s our job to go out there and get it done.”

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