Vols Searching For Answers at Quarterback Ahead of Showdown With High Flying Alabama


It’s Tennessee-Alabama week.
The Tide looks like a juggernaut.
And the Vols look like a hot mess, especially after firing defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh following that ugly loss to Kentucky Saturday.

Maybe Tennessee isn’t as bad as they’ve looked lately, but gobs of turnovers always make you look bad.
Said head coach Jeremy Pruitt:”In the last six quarters, we’ve turned the ball over 7 times. There’s no way you can beat anybody doing that.”
Turnovers have been the biggest problem for quarterback Jarrett Guarantano.
Now he has to fight to keep his starting job.
Said Pruitt:”He’s going to have to go out here and earn it in practice just like everybody else. Am I wanting to put Jarrett Guarantano on the shelf?
No. Absolutely not. I think the guys has a lot of really good qualities about him.’
Reporter:”Do you prepare a little differently in case there might be a different guy at quarterback?”
Said Tide coach Nick Saban:”We don’t have enough evidence to know how they would change what they do if they played somebody differently at quarterback. I don’t think we can prepare any different.”
Pruitt will take over coaching the Vols defensive line, just in time to face Bama’s stout offensive line.
Said Pruitt:”Really, really good up-front. One of the better offensive lines that I’ve seen in college football. Probably in my career.”
Bama is coming off that impressive 41-24 win over Georgia that even had Coach Saban dancing afterwards.
Said Saban:”We’ve won games around here where we go in the locker room, and everybody just kind of. This is what everybody expects, and I hate that. I hate to see that. I think everybody should enjoy every win. They’re hard to come by.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.