Former Vols support Jeremy Pruitt's actions, take issue with execution of disastrous goal line fumble
There have been no shortage of opinions about Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt’s handling of Jarrett Guarantano, following his goal line fumble that resulted in an Alabama recovery for a 100-yard touchdown. That includes several prominent former Vols players.
Guarantano replaced QB Brian Maurer, who suffered a concussion for a second straight week. But Guarantano’s play on fourth down and 1 from the Alabama goal line is what most will remember about the Vols in the 35-13 loss to Alabama. Guarantano reached over the goal line, but the ball was poked out and Trevon Diggs picked it up and raced 100 yards for a touchdown. Tennessee could have cut the 28-13 deficit to just a touchdown.
Pruitt pointed his finger toward Guarantano as he came off the field, and briefly tugged on his facemask. Pruitt said Guarantano shouldn’t have jumped over the top, as the Vols ran two quarterback sneaks earlier in the game by pushing the pile.
Here’s how former players weighed in.
Jayson Swain said on Twitter about Guarantano going “rogue,” “And I have ZERO problem with Pruitts reaction. ZERO!”
Added Gerald Riggs Jr., “I’m fully support Pruitts reaction on JG. That fool went rogue and cost us a chance to change the game . JG better never play another down at my school .Side note I’m was impressed by our effort esp from the OFF Line .. I’m excited for the future @CoachJPruitt got us on track.”
Jabari Davis was asked if Peyton Manning often changed the play in the huddle, and he replied, “At least Peyton told players in the huddle first! Nobody had a clue JG was gonna do tht.”