Georgia fans need to enjoy Jeremy Pruitt while they have him.
He’s probably not going to be around very long.
It’s not that Pruitt won’t do a good job; actually the opposite. He’s going to do such a good job as the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator that some big-time program with a lot of money is going to come calling on him ... to be its head coach.
Pruitt is that good, and he showed it again Saturday night.
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After watching the defense allow 276 yards to Clemson in the first half, Pruitt and his staff made several adjustments at halftime. Everything they did worked -- with a little help by field position throughout the second half -- as the Bulldogs held Clemson to 15 yards in the second half. Yes, FIFTEEN yards.
The same Clemson offense that ran 54 plays in the first half and appeared to be having its way with the Bulldogs was dominated completely in the second half. And that starts with Pruitt and his staff.
When Pruitt was hired, it seemed to be a game-changer for the Bulldogs. When he added a strong staff to work with him -- Mike Ekeler with the inside linebackers, Kevin Sherrer with the SAM linebackers and STAR position and Tracy Rocker with the defensive line -- that just sealed the deal. The new staff is a step up at every position group from Georgia’s previous defensive staff, and that was on full display Saturday night.
Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris is widely praised and considered a top head coaching candidate. Well, he has been outcoached in every aspect by Pruitt the past two years, including last year when Pruitt was at Florida State. If there is ever a program that would decide between Morris and Pruitt, Saturday night makes a clear case for Pruitt.
He is the total package.
He’s a terrific recruiter, and that has served him well throughout his career and will continue to. But he is an even better coach once he gets the players on the field.
Pruitt is a teacher. He puts the players in position to make plays and lets them go make those plays, instead of loading their brains with too much information.
Just look at Saturday night for evidence of that. And if that continues, it’s going to be a season Georgia fans can enjoy.
Having Pruitt on the staff certainly will play a big part in that for however long that might be.
Contact Daniel Shirley at 744-4227 or firstname.lastname@example.org