Jeremy Pruitt following Tennessee's loss to Arkansas: 'I'm not disappointed with with where we're at, I'm pissed off'
Not that long ago, Tennessee had the SEC’s longest winning streak as the Jeremy Pruitt’s Vols entered the Georgia game after winning eight consecutive games.
Four games later and the Vols are on a different kind of streak.
Tennessee has now lost four games in a row, only Vanderbilt can match in the SEC.
The latest loss came at the hands of Arkansas, which beat Tennessee in Fayetteville 24-13 on Saturday night.
Following the game, Pruitt met with the media. Here are the highlights from his press conference:
Pruitt on why Tennessee didn’t kick a field goal down 11 on 4th and 3 late in the game:
“We wasn’t close enough, didn’t feel like. We felt like we had a good play there and just didn’t get it done.”
on Harrison Bailey’s performance in the game: (He completed 6 of 9 passes for 65 yards and two interceptions)
“I mean, we’re running four verticals and they’re dropping eight. He didn’t really try to force the ball, took check downs, down the field but based off the time there, he was gonna have to probably force one in there but it’s something that he can learn from.”
on Jarrett Guarantano’s status and Brian Maurer’s performance:
“Well I mean the doctors just said he was out of the game, so we’ll obviously see over the next couple of days. Brian came in and, Brian ran around a little bit, but couldn’t get nothing going there so we went with Harrison there.”
on Alontae Taylor’s status:
“Alontae’s been hurt, pretty much the entire year. He hurt his hamstring back in fall camp and he’s worked really hard, I know he’s frustrated trying to get to where he can play full speed.”
on Shawn Shamburger’s status:
“Shamburger just didn’t make the trip.”
on Ty Chandler’s status:
“He hurt hurt his ankle in the last game and hasn’t gotten over it.”
on where the team is mentally right now after losing four in a row:
Well, you know, I just talked to him and I told them, ‘I’m not discouraged, I’m not disappointed with with where we’re at, I’m pissed off, where we’re at, obviously.’ But it’s just like I told the players, I’ve been a part of really good programs I know how to get there. We have to learn to play at a higher level on Saturdays.”