Pruitt: 'The way you practice is the way you play’

Pruitt: 'The way you practice is the way you play’

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Pruitt: 'The way you practice is the way you play’

KNOXVILLE — Jeremy Pruitt addressed the media following Tennessee’s 24-0 win over UTEP.

Pruitt went over of how his team played after a week of not practicing to a standard that is needed to win once SEC play arrives.

“Wednesday, I think you guys could tell that I wasn’t happy with the way we performed,” Pruitt said. “Most places that I’ve been, the way you practice is the way you play. You don’t practice badly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and then play well on Saturday; that doesn’t happen.

“We have to improve practicing. We have to understand our expectations at practice, and I think that will help us grow as football players and as a football team. And we better, because now the real season starts.”

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Pruitt has been hands on in teaching and coaching during games to try and make his players better as the season continues.

Tennessee enters the Florida game with a nine-game losing streak in SEC play. Pruitt mentioned that he will continue to practice and prepare for games his way as he continues to implement his coaching tactics into the program.

“I don’t know what they did the last time they won a game around here, but I know what we’re going to do,” he said ahead of the Florida game. “We’re not going to change every week. We’re going to practice the same way, regardless of what happens on Saturday’s. We’ve got to go out there and we’ve got to improve. We’ve got a long way to go, we’ve got guys that are willing, we just have to get them to go – get them to go to improve, that’s why we’re here. Am I disappointed in our guys? I’m not disappointed, I’m just telling you the truth.”

The stage is set for Tennessee in a matchup with Florida in a game that can provide momentum in building the early stages of the program with a win.

Pruitt said that his players do not have a choice if they are ready for SEC play, and that they better be ready since it is on the schedule starting this week.

“I don’t know, you don’t really have a choice in that,” he said. “I would hope we’re ready. If you come to Tennessee, you came to play in the SEC, so I would hope they’re ready to play in the SEC.

“Are we ready as a football team? When you turn the ball over two times and don’t get any turnovers, make eight penalties – probably 10 if you count the ones they declined – it would be hard to beat anybody in the SEC playing like that.”

 

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