College Football has its share of notable FBS coaches. One of those coaches is Tennessee's Jeremy Pruitt.
In Athlon Sports' Top 130 Coach Rankings, the Vols' head coach is listed at No. 86, just ahead of USC's Clay Helton (No. 87) and just behind Joe Moorhead at Mississippi State (No. 85).
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 129 coaches rank? Check out our entire Top 130 College Football Coach Rankings.