Can Pruitt get the potential out of Tennessee's players

Can Pruitt get the potential out of Tennessee's players

Joined: October 3rd, 2013, 4:59 pm

May 23rd, 2018, 5:48 am #1

I just posted this on Volnation and it has, to me at least, a lot of interesting numbers:

A recurring theme here on multiple threads is we actually have talented players they have just never reached their potential under the previous staff due to (insert your reason here). 

Part of me thinks this may be wishful thinking. My gut says Butch recruited to get the best class rating possible but left parts of our team woefully under recruited and bare. That being said I was able to find our average star ratings thanks to this excellent report here: How talented and experienced is Tennessee in ’18? A numbers look with analysis. | WNML-AF 

Because star ratings matter to many, Ive included the highest star rating in any service and the average of all the major services calculated by 247Sports. I think the average is the best reference, but the highest is often the fan go-to, so thats there also for your use as you wish.

Tennessee Team Scholarship Numbers (80)
*Current (does not include Jennings or two blue shirts)
QBs = 3
RBs = 5
WRs = 11
TEs = 6
OLs = 13
DLs = 18
LBs = 10
DBs = 11
Spec = 3

Tennessee Team Scholarship Players By Class (80)
RS Sr 5
Sr 4
RS Jr 7
Jr 9
RS So 8
So 19
RS Fr 8
Fr 20
*47-of-80 (59%) are 1st or 2nd year players

Returning Team Scholarship Players (60)
Total Games Played = 826
Total Starts = 219
*28-of-58 Never Started (48%)
{two special teamers not counted as starters}

Players Departed From Last Season (25)
Total Games Played = 866
Total Starts = 391
*8 departed players had 20+ career starts

List of Departed Players From 2017 (25) Games Played/Starts
LB Elliott Berry (34/5)
S/RS Evan Berry (38/3)
P Trevor Daniel (38/0)
WR Jeff George (20/3)
TE Jakob Johnson (47/5)
LB Colton Jumper (39/17)
OL Brett Kendrick (42/29)
CB Justin Martin (36/18)
LB Cortez McDowell (41/7)
PK Aaron Medley (49/0)
CB Emmanuel Moseley (51/30)
OL Jashon Robertson (46/45)
WR Josh Smith (45/23)
OL Coleman Thomas (41/32)
DT Kendal Vickers (43/38)
CB Shaq Wiggins (43/22)
TE Ethan Wolf (50/47)
WR Logan Fetzner (4/0) (walk-on)
OL Jack Jones (23/9) *career ended – medical
OL Venzel Boulware (10/4) *left team during 2017 season
WR Jauan Jennings (26/15) *kicked off the team (could return)
RB John Kelly (33/12) *early NFL Draft entry
DB RaShaan Gaulden (36/18) *early NFL Draft entry
DT Kahlil McKenzie (31/9) *early NFL Draft entry
QB Quinten Dormady (17/5) *transferring

Multi-Year Scholarship Players That Have Never Started (6)
WR Tyler Byrd (4-star) 24 games played
WR DJ Henderson (3-star) 11 games played
DT Quay Picou (3-star) 20 games played
DT Alexis Johnson (4-star) 12 games played
LB Dillon Bates (4-star) 40 games played
CB Marquill Osborne (4-star) 20 games played

Highest Star Ratings Among UT Players (80 scholarship players)
5* 5
4* 42
3* 31
2* 2
*47-of-80 (59%) have a 4 or 5-star rating in at least one service

Average Star Ratings Among UT Players (80 scholarship players)
5 * 2
4* 30
3* 46
2* 2
*48-of-80 (60%) have an average star rating of 3-star or less


So more or less we average somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. The only other thing to consider is what Smart is doing at UGA with a similar background to Pruitt and he killed it last year with some of his 3* guys. Deandre Baker, for example, was a 3* recruit at UGA who returns as the SEC's leader in lowest catch rate allowed on targets into his coverage last season. The kid is now a baller under the Smart/Saban system. 

Anyway, I know I have regurgitated a bunch of stuff on this thread and I apologize but by breaking it all down it has made me feel better about next season. Not SEC East champs better but 6 or 7 wins better.
"Gentlemen, touchdowns follow blocking as sure night follows day" -Gen Neyland
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Joined: August 10th, 2017, 5:39 am

June 10th, 2018, 5:21 am #2

It looks like the SEC sports info guys for each school don't like the Vols:

1. Georgia

2. South Carolina

T-3. Kentucky

T-3. Missouri

5. Florida

6. Vanderbilt

7. Tennessee

To be fair, I'm not so sure they know anything about football.
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June 10th, 2018, 5:22 am #3

UK at 3 is the shocker
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Joined: October 3rd, 2013, 4:59 pm

June 12th, 2018, 5:02 am #4

I think it is fair.  We did not win a single SEC game last season.   We have to prove we deserve more. 
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June 12th, 2018, 5:22 am #5

The SIDs seem to go with the safe choices.
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June 19th, 2018, 5:53 am #6

I am really starting to wonder if Pruitt should minimize injury risk and play for the games that are winnable.  Tennessee fans would hate it but I would strongly consider calling my old boss Saban and also Malzahn and just tell them we are not playing our starters for those games so we can focus on the SEC East games.   If we lose offensive lineman in those games,  for example, our season is screwed (more screwed I guess).   In World War II Patton would just go around towns the Germans were strongly dug in at looking at the big picture knowing the key was getting to Berlin.  Maybe Pruitt needs to keep that type of vision this season.
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June 19th, 2018, 1:55 pm #7

I read today that Pruitt is bringing in 9 transfers and 2 of those are linemen.  Those 9 guys picked UT because they think they will play, and I bet Pruitt expects the same.  Transfers are temporary solutions.  All of this reminds me of Smart's first year.  I know I'm a broken record, but I'm convinced Pruitt plans to follow Smart.

Smart definitely tried to manage the Ws his first year.  Very basic offense against Ole Miss (took an ass kicking) and then trotted out a different offense against UT the next week.  There is no way they installed everything in one week with a true freshman QB.  He screwed up and lost to UT and GT though.  Win those 2 he goes 10-3 and the fan base is happy.
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