Previous JUCO Head Coach Joe Osovet looks to make a name for himself with Tennessee football. His achievements prove promising for the Volunteers future.
Tennessee football fans are thrilled with Jeremy Pruitt and new staff. However, Pruitt is known for his defensive mind. No doubt about it. His ability to stifle a rush defense and suffocate in the secondary prove he’s one of the sharpest minds on that side of the ball.
So, it goes without saying fans are showing interest in what the offense will look like under a defensive mind. It certainly worked out for Kirby Smart and Jim Chaney (which, Chaney, if you remember, was with the Vols from 2009 to 2012). Pruitt hired Tyson Helton from USC as O-Coordinator. Helton has made it very clear he wants to be explosive. That could very well be the case with grad transfer, 6’5 235 lbs QB Keller Chryst.
But it takes more than just a structured coordinator to make that happen. You need playmakers and the personnel to develop them, which Helton is those things. To help implement an immediate impact, Pruitt went for a junior college hire. Joe Osovet was a name nobody saw coming but is a name all fans on Rocky Top should know.
Osovet is from the JUCO ranks at Nassau County Community College. His name came out of nowhere for fans, and he originally interviewed for the Wide Receivers coaching position. Pruitt decided to go in a different direction. Not long after that, Coach Joe was getting a call from Pruitt anyway saying that he’d still be on the staff in some capacity.
QUALITY CONTROL COACH JOE:
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So what does a Quality Control coach do? This is the analytics side of football. Quality Control coaches spends weeks on end studying and breaking down film, glued to a computer and cultivating new reports for the head coach.
If fans really want to breathe a sigh of relief at who is studying film for them, they should get to know Coach Osovet. While some might argue that JUCO is nothing to SEC football, I say football is football. So if you have a JUCO head coach who’s averaging 75 points of offense per game, he’s a big league-er.
Fans fell asleep each time Tennessee football took the field on offense last year, knowing how high the chances were for a 3 and out. The fault rested at about 30% players and 70% coaching. Sure, the Vols had receivers that weren’t running the right routes and a heavily decimated offensive line. But, when every call is a draw up the middle and a weak screen to the side, you’re destined to become one dimensional.
When you listen to Coach Osovet talk about his offense, you understand this guy has a clear idea of how to put a dominate set in motion. He discusses the complex, multidimensional ways to pick apart and manipulate a secondary.
Bottom line here, coach Joe is one of the most underrated hires in the SEC. It’ll take him some time to adjust to SEC pace. But, he’s certainly no stranger to football and how to implement a powerful offense. Working along side Tyson Helton will prove wonders for Tennessee football’s program.
Osovet’s experience also give the Vols a new perspective on JUCO talent. Ultimately that could help recruit JUCO talent for immediate winning impact. Rest assured, Tennessee is in new hands. New names are soon to become big names.