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Watch: Jeremy Pruitt calls out Auburn’s plays from the sideline

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This is cool.

Tennessee v West Virginia Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Jeremy Pruitt has been praised for his recruiting and ability to develop players since he’s been in Knoxville, but last weekend, you started to see the pure coach in him come out. Finally, his team was ready to compete for a big time SEC win. He’s clearly a huge reason why.

If you need further proof of in-game impact, the evidence has been all over social media this week. Pruitt may be the head coach, but he’s still on the sidelines calling calling the defense for the Vols. Below you can see Pruitt barking orders up until the last second as he recognizes a play. It results in a turnover.

Here’s an example with some audio. Pruitt literally yells at cornerback Baylen Buchanan, telling him the football is coming his way.

Jeremy’s younger brother commented on the last video, sharing a story of eating pizza with his older brother and watching him call out offensive plays in his living room.

For the first time in a long time, I personally have confidence in Tennessee’s coaching staff. Clear improvement has been made since the West Virginia game in Charlotte and now Tennessee has a legitimate chance at a bowl game, something most people had written off just two weeks back.

It’s fascinating to watch Pruitt work on this defense, maximizing this roster though it may not exactly be ready for what he wants them to do. With the schedule easing up after this week, it’s exciting to think about how much this group can develop down the stretch.

If nothing else, Tennessee has a legitimate football coach steering the ship. It’s been quite a while since we’ve been able to say that.