Jeremy Pruitt lost his job as the Tennessee Vols head coach 18 months ago, but the former national championship-winning defensive coordinator can still recognize a dangerous offense when he sees it.

And the Vols’ potent, up-tempo offensive attack under new head coach Josh Heupel is one reason why Pruitt thinks Tennessee could be a breakout team in 2022.

Pruitt appeared on the “Crain and Company” show on Wednesday and when asked which teams could have a big this year this upcoming season, he pointed to Tennessee (along with Kentucky).

“I think it starts at quarterback, so you start looking at the teams that have the most experience coming back at quarterback,” said Pruitt. “I would start at Tennessee. With Hendon Hooker and the success that they had last year, as they grow and develop a little bit on defense, they’re gonna score points.”

Despite being fired by Tennessee, Pruitt is still able to look at the program objectively — at least publicly.

I’m sure it would be quite an experience to watch a Vols game with Pruitt — especially since he recruited a lot of the players on the roster (including Hooker, who transferred from Virginia Tech to Tennesee before Pruitt was fired).

Pruitt, by the way, is taking a “sabbatical” from coaching this year after spending last season as a defensive assistant with the New York Giants.

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