Pruitt: ‘Different ways to affect the quarterback – nothing better than a good ‘ole fashioned lick’

Pruitt: ‘Different ways to affect the quarterback – nothing better than a good ‘ole fashioned lick’

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Pruitt: ‘Different ways to affect the quarterback – nothing better than a good ‘ole fashioned lick’

KNOXVILLE — Jeremy Pruitt concluded his media appearances ahead of playing West Virginia in Charlotte.

Pruitt met with media following practice Wednesday and also debuted on the weekly coaches radio show Vol Calls.

The first-year head coach discussed going against West Virginia quarterback Will Grier and wide receiver David Sills.

“I think they’ve got a really good scheme,” Pruitt said. “They keep you spread out. They’re balanced on offense. In their throw game they’ve got a lot of screens, a lot of RPOs. They’ve got max protections. They have traditional drop-back. They’ve got really good spacing.”

The biggest area for Tennessee against West Virginia’s offense is applying pressure on Grier and in the backfield.

Pruitt says that “they have an understanding of how to protect the quarterback and you can tell the quarterbacks, whether it was Grier or any of the backups that played last year, they had an understanding of where the pressure was coming from, how they were being protected.”

“They do a really nice job,” Pruitt continued. “That speaks to the coaching that Coach (Dana) Holgorsen’s done. On the outside they’ve got guys that have done a good job recruiting guys that can get open, can win 50/50 balls. They’re good after the catch. They’ve got a really good bunch of wide receivers and option quarterback does a good job.”

Pruitt said on Vol Calls that in attacking the West Virginia offense, “there’s a bunch of different ways to affect the quarterback – there’s nothing better than a good ‘ole fashioned lick.”

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