Tennessee football: Five positives from Vols hiring DL coach Jimmy Brumbaugh

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Jeremy Pruitt hired Jimmy Brumbaugh to replace Tracy Rocker as Tennessee football’s defensive line coach. Here’s why that’s good for the Volunteers.

From one Auburn Tigers graduate to another, Tennessee football replaced Tracy Rocker with Jimmy Brumbaugh to be its new defensive line coach. Rocker left to join the South Carolina Gamecocks, and Brumbaugh brings a similar profile with a lot more youth to the table.

Taking that into account, Jeremy Pruitt’s decision to lure him away from the Colorado Buffaloes, where he spent the 2019 season coaching under Mel Tucker, is up for debate. The jury is out on whether or not this hire will work out.

However, there are a few positives to Tennessee football making this move. In fact, it could end up working out really well, and there are plenty of things to look at and like when it comes to Brumbaugh’s resume as a coach.

What are those things? In this post, that’s what we’re going to break down. We’ll be looking at all elements of Brumbaugh’s background that make this a positive hire for UT. Again, we can’t confirm how this will go, but these are reasons for encouragement.

To this point, most of Pruitt’s staff decisions have appeared to work out. Him luring Jim Chaney back to Knoxville earned widespread acclaim, but don’t forget he also took a chance on Derrick Ansley to be a first-time sole defensive coordinator last year, and Ansley improved the defense dramatically. That’s pretty impressive.

As of right now, everybody has reason to trust Pruitt’s ability to evaluate up and coming staff members. And with Brumbaugh, there’s a good bit that Pruitt may have seen in him to want to get him to Knoxville.

Let’s go ahead and break all of that down here and what it means for the Vols going forward. These are the five reasons for encouragement over Pruitt hiring Brumbaugh to replace Rocker as Tennessee football’s defensive line coach.

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