This is a big move for Mark Richt and the Bulldogs, who struggled at times on defense last season. Pruitt led the Seminoles’ defense to lofty heights in 2013. FSU was first in the country in scoring defense (12.1 points per game) and third in total defense (281.4 yards per game). Those numbers helped the Seminoles claim the BCS National Championship with an undefeated season that culminated with a win over the Auburn Tigers in the BCS title game.
Pruitt is no stranger to the Southeastern Conference, having served as an assistant coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Pruitt will reportedly make $850,000 per year, up from the $500,000 per season he was making with Florida State. He will also become the third-highest paid coordinator in the SEC, behind Alabama’s defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and John Chavis, defensive coordinator for the LSU Tigers.
The 2014 season is a big one for Georgia, and they showed that by making this move. If Georgia is to improve in the upcoming campaign, the defense must be better. Georgia was 10th in the SEC in scoring defense (29.0 points per game) and eighth in total defense (375.5 yards per game) last season. The Bulldogs were only able to created 15 turnovers in 13 games last season, finishing with a -0.54 turnover margin.
Richt hopes that Pruitt can do for the Georgia defense exactly what he did for Florida State. And if he can, Georgia’s offense, behind Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall and company, should put the Bulldogs in a position to win a bunch of games in 2014.
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