Report: Vols Won’t Use Smokey Gray Uniforms Under Pruitt

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    Tennessee’s alternate Smokey Gray uniforms have been divisive among fans. Some Vol fans like the alternate uniforms (especially the helmets) while others want a return to “tradition” and for them to be done away with.

    Well those traditionalists will be happy to learn that new head coach Jeremy Pruitt apparently shares their sentiment.

    According to Chris Low of ESPN, Pruitt told him that the Vols won’t be wearing the Smokey Gray uniforms while he’s head coach of the Vols. Pruitt wants to return to just the orange and white at Tennessee.

    Tennessee first brought out the Smokey Gray look in Butch Jones’ first season as head coach in 2013. The Vols wore those alternates against Georgia and Vanderbilt in 2013, but Tennessee didn’t wear them in 2014 under their final year of an apparel agreement with Adidas.

    In 2015, Tennessee moved from Adidas to Nike, and with that move came the birth of a new Smokey Gray uniform. The new Nike Smokey Gray was worn four times (Georgia 2015, Florida 2016, Music City Bowl 2016, Georgia 2017).

    All in all, the Vols were 3-3 in the Smokey Gray uniforms under both Adidas and Nike. Tennessee’s Smokey Gray helmets were up for nomination for best helmet design back in January of 2017.

    Pruitt didn’t add whether or not Tennessee will wear an all-orange look or use any throwbacks for the upcoming season. We will provide any updates on that front as they come out.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.