Jeremy Pruitt Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week
Pruitt recognized for second win against a ranked team in his first year with the Vols.
ATLANTA (Nov. 13, 2018) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Tennessee Head Football Coach Jeremy Pruitt has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.
The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week award honors the football coach whose program embodies the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the playing field during the previous week.
Coach Pruitt and the Volunteers secured their second win against a ranked opponent this season defeating No. 11 Kentucky 24-7 at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. With the win, Pruitt became the only current SEC head coach to have two wins over ranked opponents in his first regular season leading the team. The win against Kentucky was Tennessee’s first regular season win over a team ranked in the top 15 since 2013, when the Volunteers defeated No. 11 South Carolina. Tennessee held No. 11 Kentucky scoreless in the first half of Saturday’s game, marking the first time since Sept. 10, 2016 that a Kentucky team was held to zero points in the first half.
“Coach Pruitt’s win against Kentucky was a statement win for both him and the Tennessee program,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Beating two ranked teams in your first season as head coach is an impressive feat. Coach Dodd would be proud of how quickly Coach Pruitt has made an impact on this program.”
Pruitt was introduced as the 26th head coach of Tennessee football on Dec. 7, 2017, after solidifying himself as the nation’s top defensive coordinator during his time at Alabama, Georgia and Florida State. Before arriving at Tennessee, Pruitt contributed to five national championships, including the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship with the Crimson Tide. Pruitt is also a two-time Broyles Award winner, which recognizes the best assistant coach in college football each year.
In addition to his efforts on the field, Coach Pruitt continues to foster the importance of academics for his student-athletes. Tennessee has a current Academic Progress Rating (APR) of 972 and is ranked 52nd out of all FBS programs.
“Coach Pruitt’s leadership has obviously set a new tone for Tennessee football,” said Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO & President Gray Stokan. “With him at the helm, we all look forward to seeing more impressive wins like this one.”
During his first year in Knoxville, Coach Pruitt has already become involved in the community, including his participation in Variety Charity’s annual golf outing. The event is dedicated to promoting and protecting the health and well-being of children in East Tennessee.
A panel consisting of all previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member will identify the final list of potential recipients for The Dodd Trophy at the conclusion of the 2018 season. The winner of the 2018 Dodd Trophy will then be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.