Pruitt's system: Familiarity is breeding confidence in UT players

Pruitt's system: Familiarity is breeding confidence in UT players

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Pruitt's system: Familiarity is breeding confidence in UT players

KNOXVILLE — What you do in November, you remember.

Tennessee is trying to close out the month of November on a high note in becoming bowl eligible. The Vols entered November with an overall 3-5 record, needing to win three of the final four regular season games to reach postseason.

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Tennessee is off to a 2-0 start in November games after defeating Charlotte and No. 12 Kentucky.

Part of Tennessee’s strides in playing better is due to a renewed confidence in the team.

After UT’s 24-7 win over Kentucky, Jeremy Pruitt said that players being in his system longer creates familiarity and breeds confidence.

“I think if you know what to do, that probably gives you more confidence,” Pruitt said. “I think the longer that these guys are in the system, the longer that they play the same position, the longer that the guy beside them is the same, familiarity breeds a little bit of confidence. I think that helps.

“I’ve said for a while now that we practice really hard every week. We’ve improved in practice. I think that helps, going against guys every day and competing. To be a good football player, you have to go out there and do it every day and create the right habits. I think our guys are doing that.”

Tennessee will face Missouri in the final home game of the season in Week 12 at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS and will travel to Vanderbilt in Week 13 for a 4 p.m. ET kickoff on the SEC Network.

Winning one of the final two games will secure a bowl game and will be beneficial for UT players in gaining 15 extra practices to continue being more familiar in Pruitt’s system.

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