Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT)-- As Tennessee prepares to head to Athens this Saturday for their showdown with No.2 ranked Georgia, there was was some unfinished business to take care of coming off the Florida game at Coach Jeremy Pruitt's weekly news conference.
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Coach Pruitt was asked about the situation surrounding linebacker Quart'e Sapp. The red-shirt Junior was asked to leave the field after the head coach said he refused to go back in the game. In a tweet, Sapp refuted that statement Sunday morning by saying he never refused to go back in the game.
When asked today about the situation, Coach Pruitt said the two have talked and said that, "Sapp is a great ambassador for this program and has been a good leader. Everybody makes mistakes and we’ll move on."
Also in Saturday's loss to the Gators, quarterback Jarrett Guarantano was injured in the second half on what appeared to be a late hit. Coach Pruitt said his belief was that the hit was not intentional and that he did not intend on sending the clip to the SEC office.
As for Guarantano being ready for the Georgia game coach Pruitt said, "Jarrett Guarantano got banged up but he’s a tough guy and is back at it."
Coach Pruitt says despite the loss, " a lot of our guys played their best football Saturday. We’ve got to get everybody to raise to that level of play and cut down on the mistakes."
All SEC lineman Trey Smith also seemed to be banged up Saturday, but coach Pruitt said Trey is fine.
As for the offensive line he added, "the coach added," We’re trying to create depth on the offensive line and lots of guys will have an opportunity."
Coach Pruitt was also asked about the play in which TE Austin Pope fumbled the ball through the end zone, Coach said, "I told Austin Pope that play’s over. Let’s go play the next play. We went into the game wanting to be aggressive, but you also have to play smart."
Pruitt and the Vols will face Georgia this Saturday at 3:30pm. on WVLT and CBS.