Pruitt named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

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ATLANTA (WVLT) -- After beating another ranked opponent, Tennessee head football coach Jeremy Pruitt was named the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.

Saturday, Pruitt and the Vols beat their second ranked opponent of the year, Kentucky, 24-7. The victory against the Wildcats, no. 11 at the time, was the first time Tennessee beat a Top 15 opponent since 2013.

The victory kept Tennessee in the fight for a bowl game at the end of the 2018 campaign. If Tennessee can beat either Missouri this Saturday at Neyland Stadium, or Vanderbilt on the road, the Vols qualify for a bowl bid.

Officials from The Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl awarded Pruitt the honor.

“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.”

The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week award honors the football coach whose program embodies the awards three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the field.