KNOXVILLE — Shy Tuttle kicks off his senior season in his home state of North Carolina.
“It’s pretty cool, you know,” Tuttle said of playing West Virginia in Charlotte. “I’m from North Carolina, a bunch of my family and friends are going to be there, so I’m excited.”
Tuttle has battled through injuries during his Tennessee career, suffering a broken fibula in a win over Georgia in 2015 and sustained a knee injury during a loss to South Carolina in 2016.
After a disappointing 4-8 season in 2017, Tuttle is excited about his senior season under Jeremy Pruitt and being healthy to play his first season-opening game since his freshman season.
“I’m excited to get to play in the first game of the season,” he said during media availability. “It’s the first time since my freshman year, so I’m excited. I’m sure the team is too.”
The 6-foot-2, 308-pound defensive tackle says Pruitt has brought intensity to the program since he has taken over as head coach.
“Since he got here he’s always been intense,” Tuttle said. “He’s pretty much kept the same intensity since the spring, he’s always intense.”
Tuttle made two tackles at Florida during his freshman 2015 season when West Virginia quarterback Will Grier played for the Gators.
Tuttle is excited to play against Grier again after losing the 2015 contest, 28-27.
“He was pretty good back then and he’s only gotten older, so I’m sure he’s – he’s a good quarterback,” he said. “I’m excited to play him.”