Former Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt was asked this week about UT’s stunning loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks and how he thinks his former team will recover this weekend against the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Pruitt joined Dawg Nation’s Mike Griffith this week to discuss this past week’s SEC games.

Pruitt acknowledged that Tennessee played well offensively but he credited South Carolina’s 63-38 win to the Gamecocks’ excellent offensive game plan.

“Shane Beamer and his offensive staff, what they did offensively, creating the explosive plays…I thought it was an excellent game plan,” said Pruitt.

Pruitt, who recruited many of the players on Tennessee’s roster, doesn’t think the loss to the Gamecocks will affect the Vols in their game against Vanderbilt in Nashville this weekend. He thinks Tennessee will be ready to go.

“They’ll be ready to play,” said Pruitt. “I think if you look at that team, there’s a lot of experience on the team. They can’t let one game beat them twice. So they’ve gotta respond. And I think when you look at the character of the team and how they’ve responded this year, over the last couple of years. I see these guys responding in Nashville and playing well.”

I know some Vols fans are still sour on Pruitt after what went down in late 2020/early 2021 with the recruiting violations, but he knows the personnel on the Vols’ roster as well as anyone that’s not in the facility on a daily basis. He knows these players and their mindsets because he recruited most of them.

So the fact that he’s confident that Tennessee’s players will respond and play well against Vandy is a good sign for the program this weekend as they head to Nashville in search of their first 10-win season since 2007.

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