Pruitt and Sarkisian: 'The chemistry is there'

Pruitt and Sarkisian: 'The chemistry is there'

Football

Pruitt and Sarkisian: 'The chemistry is there'

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee’s coaching search to replace offensive coordinator Tyson Helton is in day No. 33.

Tim Davis, USC offensive line coach from 2002-04, joins Norm Chow and Keith Uperesa as former USC coaches to discuss Steve Sarkisian and UT’s coaching search with Vols Wire. The three coaches worked with Sarkisian at USC.

Since leaving USC as head coach in 2015, Sarkisian has held the offensive coordinator position the last two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and as offensive analyst and offensive coordinator at Alabama in 2016.

NCAA Football: CFP National Championship-Clemson vs Alabama

Davis also worked alongside Jeremy Pruitt at Alabama in 2008 as Director of Player Personnel. Pruitt served as Director of Player Development (2007-09) at Alabama under Nick Saban.

With Sarkisian being in the mix during Tennessee’s coaching search, Davis discussed what he would bring to Pruitt’s staff since he is familiar with both coaches.

Davis told Vols Wire that Pruitt and Sarkisian “are a really good mix and they would play off each other very well.”

“They both love their jobs and the side of the ball they are on and have great passion of seeing their players do well, the chemistry is there,” Davis said. “They both understand the game very well and both are detail oriented.

“Sarkisian will bring a different type of excellence to the passing game. Both are really good on game day and work really hard in recruiting, and recruiting, as you know, is everything in the SEC.”

Davis also coached for Saban at the Miami Dolphins as offensive line coach before reuniting with him at Alabama.

Part of Saban’s desire to get back to the college game occurred when he tried to sign quarterback Drew Brees. Brees suffered from a torn labrum and was a reason why Saban did not sign him following an extensive physical evaluation process. Saban ended up trading away a second-round draft pick for quarterback Daunte Culpepper.

“He (Saban) was mad because it was a torn labrum on the throwing shoulder and he felt he would struggle early so he picked Daunte,” Davis said. “He needed a quarterback right away.”

Davis mentioned that in the NFL when coaches like Saban and Sarkisian are in situations where they need to fill voids on their roster and cannot, that is a reason why their heart is more into the college game.

College football being quarterback driven for success with the ability to recruit high caliber players annually in a recruiting cycle around the signal caller position, and then developing them, is why Sarkisian is a better fit at the college level.

“The NFL is a quarterback driven league to have success and that has moved down to the college ranks,” Davis said. “Sarkisian develops players under him and knows what it takes having coached at a high level.”

Norm Chow on Sarkisian: ‘Football wise he would fit’

Former USC assistant Keith Uperesa: Sarkisian ‘in the right spot at the right time’ with UT

Former USC quarterback John David Booty discusses Sarkisian

Sarkisian’s quarterbacks by the numbers

Latest

More VolsWire
Home