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Jeremy Pruitt discusses Auburn game

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Tennessee got a break from its five-game SEC gauntlet during the bye week but now it’s on to Auburn for Jeremy Pruitt’s program. The Volunteers are scheduled to play the Tigers on Saturday for an 11 a.m. kick from the Plains.

While Tennessee is rested and coming off a bye week, Auburn lost last week in a very physical matchup against Mississippi State.

Here’s everything Pruitt had to say Monday during his weekly press conference about Tennessee’s upcoming game against the Tigers:

Opening comments:

“We’ve got a tremendous challenge this week going to Auburn. Auburn is a very difficult place to play, and they’ve got a very good football team, very good on defense. I think they’re one of the top defense teams in the country. They’re really big up front, have a really good front seven, play man-to-man in the back end a whole lot, can do that, deny the ball, lots of pressure on the quarterback, and they can do it with just their front four.

“Offensively, Gus [Malzahn] has always done a really good job running the football, making you play from sideline to sideline, creating explosive plays and the run and pass game giving you a bunch of different looks. They play really fast, have an experienced quarterback, have good wide receivers, Chandler Cox seems like he’s been playing forever, and have a couple running backs that are big and physical. It’ll be a tremendous challenge for us.

“And their kicking game, they’ve got good specialists. I think they returned a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown. They’ve blocked three kicks this year. They’ve got a lot of runners and strikers on their special teams and they’ve got good guys returning it in the back end.

“It will definitely be a huge challenge for us, but our guys are looking forward to it. I know I’m excited to get back out on the field and get a chance to prepare for somebody. Just trying to talk to our guys, they don’t have any history of playing Auburn and I think especially on the defensive side, there’s a lot of awareness that you need. We’ve got to do a good job of getting these guys prepared for this week.”



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Pruitt has a long history facing Auburn and the coaches on Gus Malzahn's staff.


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