Tennessee is coming off a bye which means the Volunteers have had two weeks to prepare for the upcoming home game against Georgia. On Monday, Jeremy Pruitt held his first media availability of the week from Knoxville.

While the team may be a disappointing 1-3 on the season thus far, the Tennessee coach has faith in his team’s ability to continue to progress as the season marches on and the schedule getting tougher.

During his first media availability of the week, Pruitt was asked which players or position group had made the most of the bye week. The Tennessee coach immediately pointed toward a few of his receivers and one tight end as players that fit the bill.

“It was good for Jerrod Means,” Pruitt noted on Monday. “A guy that started off as a defensive back, he worked the whole summer until maybe July playing wide receiver, then played defensive back. So, it was good for him to get back and catch some balls. Ramel Keyton, Cedric Tillman, some guys – Princeton Fant is a guy that’s kinda bounced around but we’ve kinda put him at tight end. That’s another guy. All of our young guys continue to improve.”

According to Pruitt, the learning and growth on Rocky Top is a complex issue given the fact that his players are trying to learn so much at this time. Not only do they have to understand their roles on the team but his players have to understand the overall scheme of the opponents in addition to their responsibilities each and every week.

“There is a lot to learn about being a good football player,” Pruitt continued. “First of all, you need to learn what you need to do to have success but probably the most important thing is figuring out what the other team is trying to do you. It’s a lot to learn and these guys have worked hard at that.”