This loss wasn’t on the coaching staff. They had a good game plan on both sides of the ball, and Jeremy Pruitt showed the right amount of passion and had his team ready to play in the first half. It was the second half when UT’s depth became a concern that things fell apart. Plus, execution remains a huge issue on both sides of the ball. I suppose that’s a reflection of the coaching staff and what they do during the week and on game day, but I more think it’s just a lack of skill and ability by some of the players on the roster. The play calls on offense — with the exception of a few — were good and made sense. Defensively, the right plays were often called. It all came down to execution, and it was just lacking once again.
Ultimately, the loss reflects on the head coach. But I believe Tennessee’s loss to BYU had more to do with the Vols beating themselves. Pruitt had the team energized and ready to play, which is saying a lot considering Tennessee’s previous three games. If Guarantano makes one or two plays, if Alontae Taylor doesn’t have two mental lapses, and if the team executes, Tennessee walks away with a win. Both coordinators were limited with what they could call because the weaknesses on both sides of the ball were apparent, but I thought the coaching staff had a nice outing despite the outcome.
I’ll always have your backs Vols, just promise to work harder. The players look really fatigued out there. Please work harder getting in better shape. We’ve all heard that games are won or lost in fourth quarters.