NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – After starting off the 2019 campaign a concerning 1-4, the Vols now boast the longest win-streak in the Southeastern Conference.
With a 31-27 season-opening win on Saturday night over South Carolina, Tennessee has now won seven-straight games dating back to last season.
When asked via Zoom on Monday what the win-streak says about his team, one might expect the typical coach-speak answer saying, “We’re just 1-0,” but Jeremy Pruitt took it a step further.
“The way I look at it, I count all the games that you play as losses in my book so I say right now we’re 1-9 until you go earn it and win it.”
In Pruitt’s eyes, the all-SEC gauntlet they’re set to face in a strange 2020 season is considered lost until it’s won. This is a season where wins are arguably harder to come by than any year considering the randomness of being without players due to COVID-19 implications and the lack of “cupcake” match-ups. Pruitt alluded to missing a handful of guys this past weekend due to COVID testing and contact tracing.
It is just one game, but considering where the Vols were in Week 1 last season — a 38-30 loss to Georgia State — this year is already off to a considerably better start.
“We’ve got a long ways to go, we got a lot of things to work on,” he said. “This team, they’re identity, how they’re going to be remembered, they’ve got 9 weeks to decide that and it’ll be up to them. We’ve got a lot of season left.”
The Vols look to move to 2-8 on the season when they host Missouri Saturday at 11 a.m. on the SEC Network.