Vols second least penalized SEC team after Week 9

Vols second least penalized SEC team after Week 9

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Vols second least penalized SEC team after Week 9

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee committed nine penalties resulting in 75 yards in a Week 9 loss at South Carolina.

Jeremy Pruitt addressed the penalties ahead of playing Charlotte.

“Some of them are unforced, lack of judgement,” Pruitt said. “We can definitely fix that. I think a lot of the penalties on Saturday were going on the clap and not hearing the cadence, so when you’re playing on the road, we’ve got to do a better job of communicating, knowing when its coming.”

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Pruitt mentioned that leaving the huddle faster will help cut down on penalties.

“I think getting in and out of the huddle faster, so the offensive linemen are not having to make calls up there as the play clock’s going down, I think that would help,” Pruitt said. “That goes a bunch of different ways. That can go from hustling back to the ball. I think right now, based off of where we’re at offensively, we operate much better out of a huddle because we’ve had so many guys turn over and some of that’s hustling back to the ball, some of that’s breaking out of the huddle, some of it’s as simple as we hold three yards from the ball. There’s four or five times in the game, somehow we huddle 8-10 yards from the ball.

“Some of it’s the quarterback standing right next to the huddle, so there’s not much movement for him getting the signal, some of it might be him getting the play in faster, but all of these things would help speed up the fact that we’re not making calls. The o-line is trying to ID the MIKE or the front and I think it would help in the communication of a simple thing is a clap, so we’ve got to do that.”

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