Jeremy Pruitt comments on Tennessee's road win over Kentucky
Tennessee took a big step toward earning a postseason birth by beating Kentucky 17-13 on Saturday. The victory was the team’s first on the road this season and sets up the Vols to earn a bowl berth if it can win one of its two remaining games in the season.
The win took 60 minutes to earn as the Volunteers had to keep Kentucky out of the end zone in the final two minutes of the game to hold on for the win. Kentucky receiver turned quarterback Lynn Bowden kept the ball on 4th and goal but was stuffed by linebacker Daniel Bituli.
The 5-5 Volunteers will be on a bye next weekend before traveling to Missouri and finishing the season at home against Vanderbilt.
Following his team’s latest win, Jeremy Pruitt met with the media to discuss Tennessee’s Week 11 win.
Here are the highlights of his press conference.
on Jarrett Guarantano on his ability to come off the bench and lead Tennessee to wins:
“I don’t know why he’s able to do that. I think he’s mature, he knows what we are trying to do offensively. He is smart. He done a great job tonight, he’s done a great job off the bench all year that we’ve asked him to do. I just think he wanted to play well tonight and he did. He prepared to do that.”
on Daniel Bituli:
“He’s smart, he’s tough, he’s dependable. He loves Tennessee, he’s a great teammate, he’s a great leader. He’s instinctive. You want everybody on your team to be like Daniel. I can’t find one characteristic or intangible that’s not great about him.”
on Tennessee’s current 3-game winning streak:
“The reality of it, means we are 5-5 which is exactly where we were at this time last year. We didn’t finish the way we wanted to finish (last year), they know that. We are going to enjoy this win tonight and go back to Knoxville and try and get some guys heal up, focus on academics and get ready for Missouri and Vanderbilt.”
on Tennessee’s final goal line stand:
“We made some good tackles right there, on the goal line, lots of guys running to the ball. I’d have been very disappointed if we didn’t stop them. They weren’t going to throw it, we have more up there than they can block, we should stop them. Our kids did what they should do, they rose up and found a way to make plays there and finish the game.”