Sources tell FootballScoop that Jeremy Pruitt is planning to make a change at offensive coordinator this offseason.
Pruitt hired Tyson Helton to be the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in Knoxville after he previously served as the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator for his brother, Clay, at USC. Helton had been extremely successful as offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky prior to joining Clay’s staff at USC.
However, the Vols offense has had their share of struggles this season.
That was on full display earlier tonight in a 38-13 loss to Vanderbilt in a deciding game that determined bowl eligibility for either Tennessee or the Commodores.
After 11 games played, Tennessee ranks 107th in scoring offense with just under 24 points per game, 96th in passing offense, and 111th in rushing offense. Their highest scoring night offensively against FBS competition came against Auburn back in mid-October where they scored 30 points. They also scored put up 59 in week two against FCS East Tennessee State. The lid seemed to stick at 24 points, as the Vols failed to eclipse that mark in 10 of their 12 games.
Heading into year two, it will be interesting to see who Pruitt hands the keys of his offense to.
Stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.
Update> Late tonight in response to a report that Helton had already been fired Jeremy Pruitt told Jimmy Hyams that has not happened at this time and is not going to happen.