McElroy: Could be up to 12 new starters for Vols in WVU opener

Greg McElroy – SEC Network / Credit: Phil Ellsworth – ESPN Images

By WNML Staff

SEC Network Analyst Greg McElroy joined SportsTalk with John Wilkerson and Jimmy Hyams this week.

McElroy, a former University of Alabama quarterback, was the network analyst for Tennessee’s spring game. He spent time with the team and staff leading up to the game. He also spent time down on the field during the spring game broadcast.

McElroy is impressed with what Jeremy Pruitt has put together so far and plans to do at UT.

“Let me start by saying how impressed I am with the staff that Jeremy Pruitt has assembled and the vision that he has for the program. I was absolutely thrilled in visiting with Jeremy Pruitt with the type of plans he kind of has laid out for the program itself.”

As far as the players he saw for Tennessee, he believes that’s a work in progress, but says help could be on the way.

“As far as the personnel is concerned, I think they need to improve at a lot of spots. Now the group that we saw on the field for the spring game is probably not the group we’re going to see trot out there against West Virginia in Charlotte just a few months from now. But, I’m very optimistic given the direction of the program and knowing the things that Jeremy Pruitt is stressing and prioritizing, I’m very optimistic about where this program is going to be a couple of years down the road. You (Jimmy Hyams) forecast eight, I think it could be as many as twelve with grad transfers and with the true freshmen they went out and scouted and evaluated and offered and gotten signed. I would say it could be as many as twelve that were not playing in the spring game that could be starters come West Virginia game.”

Listen to the entire interview with Greg McElroy discussing Tennessee football below.




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