It’s no surprise that Jeremy Pruitt retained Tracy Rocker as his defensive line coach when he arrived at Tennessee. The two knew each other from when they were both assistants at Georgia.

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In fact, Pruitt said during Wednesday’s SEC Coaches’ Teleconference that he and Rocker were neighbors during their time with the Bulldogs.

  • [Former Georgia Tech defensive coordinator] Ted Roof recommended Tracy and we ended up being neighbors. My family and his family spend time together.

Pruitt was the defensive coordinator at Georgia from 2014-15, while Rocker was the defensive line coach from 2014-16. Rocker joined the Vols’ staff soon after Pruitt was hired to be the coach on Rocky Top.

  • I think he gets his players to work hard and [won multiple awards as a player]. Good recruiter, he’s a good man.

Pruitt discussed several other topics during the teleconference. Here’s a brief overview:

  • On waiting for linebacker JJ Peterson: We are still in the holding pattern. I’m sure it’s about to get ruled on. As soon as we know, everyone else will know.
  • On quarterback JT Shrout leading scout team: He has a really good arm, has good athletic ability. having the ability to run other offenses will probably make him more aware and add to his awareness overall. Gives him a chance to have his own team. That [scout] team is his team now. … Sometimes guys look at scout team as a negative, it’s not a negative, it’s a chance to improve as a player.
  • On the difficulty of preparing QB Keller Chryst to play: I don’t think there are any difficulties. He graduated from Stanford, so he’s a sharp guy. Coach’s son. … It’s been really good for our team.