KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt is eager to get to know his team, so he has spent plenty of time in front of the video screen with them.
Not with them in the room, mind you — but on the video screen as he evaluates them going through drills, throwing blocks, catching passes and hustling from one part of Haslam Field to another.
“Getting to know them,” Pruitt explained, “is getting to know what kind of player they are.”
Having a good sense of humor or nice personality isn’t going to go very far with Tennessee’s new football coach if you can’t play football.
It’s no different with NFL scouts and evaluators, who talk about different players’ “Football IQ,” and “Football personalty.”
Pruitt comes from years in Nick Saban’s championship system at Alabama.
“You find out about someone’s personality and competitive spirit on the practice field,” Pruitt said after The Vols’ opening spring practice on Tuesday. “At the end of the day, this is a performance based industry, so you must perform on the field.”
As for getting to know the players well enough to send a Christmas Card?
“”Over time,” Pruitt said, “the relationships will take care of themselves.”
The coaches and fans will get to know the players who are good enough to play soon enough.
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