Jeremy Pruitt addresses first quarter slow starts

Jeremy Pruitt addresses first quarter slow starts

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Jeremy Pruitt addresses first quarter slow starts

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Photo by Dan Harralson, Vols Wire

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee has been outscored 69-3 in the first quarter against Power 5 opponents this season.

Tennessee vs. Power 5 opponents: Scores at the end of the first quarter

  • West Virginia 10
    Tennessee 0
  • Florida 14
    Tennessee 0
  • Georgia 7
    Tennessee 0
  • Auburn 10
    Tennessee 3
  • Alabama 28
    Tennessee 0

Tennessee opening drives vs. Power 5 opponents

  • vs. West Virginia 3 plays, -15 yards, 1:35 time of possession, resulted in a punt, started drive on own 25-yard line
  • vs. Florida 6 plays, 13 yards, 3:15 time of possession, resulted in a fumble, started drive on own 9-yard line
  • at Georgia 4 plays, 19 yards, 2:28 time of possession, resulted in a punt, started drive on own 25-yard line
  • at Auburn 8 plays, 50 yards, 4:20 time of possession, resulted in a field goal, started drive on own 25-yard line
  • vs. Alabama 3 plays, -22 yards, 0:15 time of possession, resulted in a fumble, started drive on own 25-yard line

Kicking off South Carolina week, Jeremy Pruitt addressed UT’s slow starts this season.

“Usually when you start a game, you’ve had the whole week to kind of go ‘okay, these are the plays we’re going to start with,’ and it’s an opportunity to put the defense on their heels a little bit,” Pruitt said. “For whatever reason, our execution has picked up as the game has went every week. We’ve talked about it as a staff. We’ve been heavily involved in trying to figure out how to get going offensively to start the game. Some of it has to do with who we play.

“We’ve got to figure out a way to score some points in the first quarter. We’ve played from behind almost every single game, which our kids have continued to try to play the right way as the game goes and have made adjustments, but we have to figure out a way to put some points on the board early.”

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