An anonymous college football coach that recently spoke with The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman had some kind words for the current Tennessee Vols coaching staff while slamming the previous staff (albeit not directly).

According to Feldman, the anonymous coach was impressed with what the Vols have done offensively this season. And not that impressed with what they were doing before this season.

“Impressed with what Tennessee is doing,” said the anonymous coach. “They were sh*t before and they got so much better. They go fast as hell on offense. (Hendon) Hooker has a really live arm and didn’t make a lot of mistakes. They’re dangerous now. What that staff has done with that offense is something.”

Tennessee’s offense never averaged more than 24.2 points per game in three years under Jeremy Pruitt.

In year one of the Heupel era, the Volunteers averaged 39.3 points per game, which was No. 7 in the nation. That was Tennessee’s second-best offensive ranking since General Robert Neyland was patrolling the sidelines (UT had the No. 2 ranked offense in 1993 under Philip Fulmer and the No. 4 ranked offense in 1951 under Neyland).

Not bad for an offense that lost key players like running back Eric Gray and offensive lineman Wanya Morris.

There’s no doubt that Tennessee is better off with Heupel leading the program than they were with Pruitt. Heupel is an offensive wizard, a great CEO, and a better-than-expected recruiter.

Pruitt meddled in the offense and made it ineffective, couldn’t manage a program, and sloppily paid recruits.

Heupel > Pruitt. It’s not even close.

The Vols are well on their way to being relevant in the SEC again. And it seems opposing coaches agree.

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