Pruitt: 'You get an opportunity and everybody gets to see when the lights come on how you’re going to perform'

Pruitt: 'You get an opportunity and everybody gets to see when the lights come on how you’re going to perform'

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Pruitt: 'You get an opportunity and everybody gets to see when the lights come on how you’re going to perform'

KNOXVILLE — Game week is nearing an end with kickoff between Tennessee and West Virginia getting closer.

Jeremy Pruitt met with media for the final time ahead of the game and discussed his team and how he thinks they will handle the stage of playing No. 17 West Virginia in Charlotte.

“From what I’ve seen, I like what I’ve seen out of our guys,” Pruitt said. “From where we were at nine months ago to where we’re at today physically and mentally, I like the direction we’re headed. ‘What am I going to see on Saturday?’ I don’t know. If I knew that we wouldn’t play the game probably. We’ll see. That’s the whole reason we do what we do.

“You get an opportunity and everybody gets to see when the lights come on how you’re going to perform, how you’re going to handle adversity.”

Pruitt is also “looking forward” to seeing how well his coaching staff has prepared the team, asking “is our team going to compete the way we want them to compete?”

“Kind of all the intangibles that we’re looking for,” he said. “You’ve been working for nine months trying to build a team, you kind of have an idea of what kind of identity you want them to have, but what they put out on the field, how they play, all that, it’s the first time they get a chance to show who they are, so I’m looking forward to seeing it.”

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