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Jeremy Pruitt delivers message to Tennessee fanbase after Alabama loss

Alabama vs Tennessee Photo by Kent Gidley/Collegiate Images/Getty Images

Tennessee, as expected, took one one the chin on Saturday against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The No. 2 ranked team in the country had their way with the Vols, who were coming off of an embarrassing performance against Kentucky the week before.

After a 2-0 start, Tennessee has fallen to 2-3. Jeremy Pruitt is now 0-3 against Alabama as the head coach at Tennessee, but it’s the overall lack of progress being shown that has the Volunteer faithful feeling helpless halfway into the season.

Jeremy Pruitt now finds himself feeling a little bit of heat, just weeks removed from having the full backing of the fanbase. After Saturday’s loss, Pruitt addressed some of those concerns.

“I understood the passion, the energy, the expectations of Tennessee football,” Pruitt said after the loss. “When I took the job, I knew exactly where it was at, exactly, okay? Which is why I wanted the job. I wanted this job because I wanted to get it to where it’s supposed to be. It’s a hell of a challenge, I’m glad I took the job. I’m excited about being here, I’m not discouraged. The people in our program are not discouraged. I know where our program is headed, and we’ll get there.”

Alabama finished off Tennessee to the tune of 48-17 on Saturday.

Jeremy Pruitt now faces a critical bye week, tasked with stopping the bleeding ahead of an interesting matchup at Arkansas in 13 days. How his team responds there might just determine how the rest of the season goes.