The SEC has its share of notable college football coaches. One of those is Tennessee's Jeremy Pruitt.
In Athlon Sports' SEC Coach Rankings, the Vols' head coach is listed at No. 13, just ahead of Ole Miss coach Matt Luke.
Here's why: After successful stops as a defensive coordinator at Florida State, Georgia and Alabama, Pruitt (after an extended search in Knoxville) was athletic director Phillip Fulmer’s pick to replace Butch Jones. As expected, Tennessee was a work in progress in Pruitt’s first year. The Volunteers finished 5-7 overall and seventh in the SEC East with a 2-6 mark in league play. While Tennessee missed on a bowl for the second year in a row, Pruitt led this team to upset wins over Auburn and Kentucky. There are no quick fixes available in Knoxville, which is why Pruitt hit the recruiting trail hard this offseason and landed a standout class to restock both sides of the ball. Pruitt seems to have this program going in the right direction, but the development of the offensive and defensive lines will be critical to reaching six wins and a bowl in 2019.
Where do the other SEC coaches rank? Check out our entire SEC Coach Rankings.