Vols Hit Reset Button Ahead of Alabama Game


After losing their last two games, the Vols have hit the reset button in practice this week.
Defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh was fired, so head coach Jeremy Pruitt has been busy coaching up the defensive linemen.

Then Pruitt opened up the starting quarterback job after Jarrett Guarantano threw two pick sixes against Kentucky. Pruitt said Wednesday that his team has enjoyed three great practices this week. Can the Vols be great Saturday against Bama? Tennessee is expected to lose big, but Pruitt says he’s not playing the underdog card.

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Said Pruitt:”To me a true competitor is motivated. Is self motivated every single day. When your feet hit the floor, you want to be at your best. That’s the attitude to me that you’ve got to have.”

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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.