Tennessee’s defensive linemen experienced a big change just four games into the season this week when the Vols ousted first-year position coach Jimmy Brumbaugh on Sunday, the day after the 27-point loss to Kentucky. Head coach Jeremy Pruitt has taken over the day-to-day coaching of the defensive line (with some help from support staffers and graduate assistants) and said after Wednesday’s practice that group has responded well. Well enough, per Pruitt, that the Vols have had their best practices of the season this week.

“We’ve probably had our best three practices of the year from the defensive front up there,” Pruitt said. “These guys, if you look at the group all together, Matt Butler and (LaTrell) Bumphus have had an opportunity to work multiple spring practices on the D-line. Lot of these other guys have not, so they’ll continue to get better.

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