Pruitt details importance of players embracing scout team opportunity

Pruitt details importance of players embracing scout team opportunity

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Pruitt details importance of players embracing scout team opportunity

KNOXVILLE – Jeremy Pruitt understands the importance of a scout team during the week of practice in preparation for a game.

At Pruitt’s previous coaching stops, most recently Alabama, talented players were throughout the roster providing talented players on the scout team.

“Everywhere that I have been, we have had guys that are probably our best players that started on the scout team,” Pruitt said of the importance of a scout team for players.

Watching and coaching talented players that go from scout team to eventual NFL draft picks comes to no surprise for Pruitt. Pruitt also knew that some players had a future of being a good college player due to work ethic and being able to run the scout team in a way it needed to be to help the team succeed on game day.

“It wasn’t hard for me to figure out that AJ McCarron was going to be a good college quarterback by the way he ran the scout team,” Pruitt said. “It wasn’t hard to see that Jalen Hurts was going to be quarterback by the way he ran the scout team or Eddie Lacy, D.J. Fluker or Chance Warmack.

“All I can talk about is where I have been because that is what I have seen. I have seen a bunch of first rounders play on the scout team, and they played it like it was their game every day.”

Pruitt makes it clear that talent does not always equal success in college or the ability to play in the NFL. Embracing an opportunity to play and working towards success is what equals to results on the field.

“I saw guys that probably had as much talent as those guys who didn’t embrace the opportunity to improve as a player and make a choice to say, ‘Hey, I am going to go down there and be the best me that I can possibly be every day,’ and nobody knows where those guys are at now,” he said. “If you want to be a good football player, you are going to take every opportunity and do the best with what you can do with it.”

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